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Call it Essex County College’s “Day of Giving!”
On Saturday, December 14, more than 3,500 people, most of them local children, filled the College’s Gymnasium to partake in an event that truly celebrated the spirit of the holidays. The youngsters and their parents, along with a large team of volunteers, celebrated the season at Joi’s Angel Christmas Carnival.
“This was a true collaboration between the College and a wonderful organization,” said Dr. Keith Kirkland, Dean of Student Affairs. “It was heartwarming to see the eyes of so many children light up our gymnasium,” he added.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in this program,” said Dr. Kirkland. “Events such as this clearly show what we can do working together.”
Joi’s Angels, an East Orange based organization founded by Mark and Joi Smith, sponsored the Christmas Carnival. A wide spectrum of corporations, organizations and residents provided donations of toys, cosmetic products, hygiene products, shoes, and other items for distribution at the charitable event. A number of fun activities transformed the Gym into a memorable carnival.
Among the donors was Omega Psi Phi – Eta Pi Chapter, Montclair, which donated 40 bicycles. Pizza, hotdogs and other snacks were presented to all participants.
“This event is an outstanding example of what Essex County College has been about for more than 50 years; providing service to the whole community,” said Dr. Kirkland.
Mark and Joi Smith, of Joi’s Angels, thanked Essex County College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe for his continuing support of the Carnival, which means so much to the community, particularly young children.