Mayor's Holiday Toy Drive Provides 1,300 Toys to Children in Wilmington and William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center Hosts "10 Days of Christmas"

Posted on  01/02/2014 12:50 pm

Photo of the Mayor's Holiday Toy Drive

This year, the Mayor’s Holiday Toy Drive provided toys to local families and children to celebrate Christmas, and the William ‘Hicks’ Anderson Community Center (WHACC) hosted the “10 Days of Christmas to offer kids in the City of Wilmington positive activities to participate in during the holiday break.

The Office of Constituent Services in the Office of the Mayor, coordinated with various agencies and individual families to ensure children in the City of Wilmington were able to receive toys on Christmas day. Walmart, located in New Castle, DE, supported the Mayor’s Holiday Toy Drive by offering a 10 percent discount on toys in the store, and assisted with collecting and shopping for the toys.

“I truly appreciate the hard work and effort of those in the Office of Constituent Services, and the generosity of Walmart to support the toy drive,” said Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “

Through the combined efforts of the Office of Constituent Services and Walmart, the Mayor’s Holiday Toy Drive provided approximately 1,300 toys, and specifically provided toys to 17 services agencies and 16 individual families.

At WHACC, children were able to enjoy “10 Days of Christmas,” that featured an Xbox tournament, Christmas part and Kwanza celebration, and kids holiday brunch. The “10 Days” of Christmas will continue through Friday, January 3, 2013, and end with the New Year’s Resolution Essay writing contest.

“During the holiday break, children need positive outlets and resources available to them. This ’10 Days of Christmas’ program provides kids in the City the opportunity to participate in something fun at a safe place to visit. I extend a big thank to everyone at the Hicks Community Center that made this program possible,” said Mayor Williams.

The WHACC “10 Days of Christmas” featured:

  • Monday, December 23, 2013 – Art contest, Kickball, Puzzle contest, and Marshmallow contest 12:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – Game Day, 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. and Movie Night with Popcorn and Punch 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 26, 2013 – WHACC Christmas Party and Kwanza Celebration with DJ Cuzin B, 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • Friday, December 27, 2013 – Citywide XBox Tournament, 12:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.
  • Monday, December 30, 2013 – Kids Holiday Brunch (Ages 6-12), 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.; Kids Day of Play, 1:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – Kids Pool Tournament, 12:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.
  • Thursday, January 2, 2014 – Pie, Chewing Gum, Marshmallow, and Hot Dog Eating Contest, 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 3, 2014 – Uno Contest and New Year’s Resolution Essay Contest, 12:00p.m.