National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need

Laura Fiske/NCL Stanford Hills
Teen members of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter filled baskets with holiday treats for families in the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

More than 40 mothers and daughters from National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter worked together to host a festive party at Stanford University Dec. 8 for families served by the Ecumenical Hunger Program. Approximately 100 parents and children attended the annual holiday event.

The families were treated to a meal provided by Stanford University. Volunteers from the Stanford Hills Chapter entertained 65 children with various craft projects, face painting, photos with Santa and treat bags. The moms and daughters baked 80 dozen holiday cookies, which they assembled into centerpieces for the tables. Each family took one home as a gift.

“The kids were adorable and so excited to be at the party,” said Stanford Hills member Chloe Fiske, who along with Xin Liu took and printed photos of the children with Santa. “It was fun to work with the kids and families taking their photos with Santa. It felt rewarding working with them and seeing their eyes light up when they saw Santa.”

National Charity League provides assistance to the Ecumenical Hunger Program throughout the year by working in its food pantry, hosting “Fun Fridays” events in the summer, sponsoring a carnival at the program’s annual Block Fest, donating personal hygiene items and gift cards, and filling backpacks with new back-to-school clothes for school-aged children.

The Ecumenical Hunger Program is a nonprofit, community-based organization in its 35th year in East Palo Alto. Its mission is to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship. The program offers material help, support services and advocacy for its neighbors in need.

National Charity League, a national nonprofit organization, comprises mothers and daughters in grades 6-12 in chapters across the United States. The Stanford Hills Chapter was founded in 1984.

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