New York kids spread holiday spirit contagion

New York, 01 December 2014

Through her involvement with Episcopal Social Services in New York, Central Executive’s Connie Funk wanted to do something really special for the children she’s volunteered to help over the past 18 months. So she organised a Christmas party for more than 40 kids residing in the Far Rockaways neighbourhood, with face painting, Santa and elves, arts and crafts, refreshments and a movie.

Around 30 Macquarie staff also attended and Connie said the enthusiasm of the kids was a great tonic for the grownup participants who caught the positive holiday spirit.

“I became involved in ESS a year and a half ago and have met some very passionate and talented people from all walks of life,” Connie said. 

“So not only was it a way to meet some fantastic people, but we were all bringing our individual talents together to try to make a difference to kids’ lives in our community. The kids are so much fun to work with, and you can really see the difference you make just by taking time out to care. 

Also, building positive experiences in any kid’s life is rewarding, no matter how big or small, so my efforts are a little self-serving!”


Image caption: Macquarie New York’s Jim Hummerstone gets into the swing of the Winter Wishes party with kids from Episcopal Social Services.