Christian Brothers Academy served as the center for Christmas cheer on Wednesday afternoon.
Holiday Express, with assistance from CBA student and parent volunteers, set up a Christmas celebration for individuals with mental and physical challenges in the McKay Gym.
The guests were treated to a lunch catered by Jersey Mike’s Subs, followed by music and dancing from the Holiday Express band.
In what has become a much-anticipated holiday tradition, CBA students helped serve the lunch, created arts and crafts, sang with the band, and danced with the guests.
Founded in 1993 by Tim McLoone, Holiday Express believes no one should be alone at the holidays. While most look forward to the holidays with excitement, the months of November and December are anything but joyful for some. The holidays for those struggling with financial problems, health issues, and loneliness can be a time of increased sadness and stress. This is often the case for the people Holiday Express serves, which include those with mental and physical challenges, veterans, individuals in addiction and recovery programs, the isolated, the poor, the homeless, and children with serious illnesses.
While a majority of the charity programs take place from early November through Christmas Eve, the Holiday Express staff and volunteers work year-round to prepare for these events and fundraising activities. Over 2,000 volunteers also work year-round to make a difference in the lives of adults and children in need.
About Holiday Express:
Founded in 1993, by Tim McLoone, Holiday Express believes no one should be alone at the holidays. Our programs use the healing power of music and friendship to improve the quality of life for those often forgotten. In 2017, our 25th season, Holiday Express will visit 100 organizations in the metropolitan tristate area, bringing hope and joy to 27,000 people. Of the charities Holiday Express serves, the majority are registered 501 (c) (3) organizations. For many of these organizations traditional sources of funding are not sufficient to provide basic needs.
About Christian Brothers Academy:
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at www.CBALincroftNJ.org.