2006-01-06 / Community

Christmas Giving At First Congregational Church

Christmas spirit filled the First Congregational Church on Saturday, December 24, where over 100 volunteers came out to “Rock and Wrap It Up” to present gifts to hundreds of children and their families. Fareed and Wajeedah select gifts by age for guests.

Founded by Syd Mandelbaum (pictured), “Rock And Wrap It Up” brought $150,000 in toys and clothing to waiting guests. Everyone left with all they could carry.

McKinley Hightower-Beyah controls the line of guests entering the church. Syd Mandelbaum’s two sons pose with young Wajeedah after passing out gifts and toys for five hours, giving presents to 640 families, with over 1,000 people.

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