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Santa Visits Children of Parents with Aids

Posted on December 21, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Tots Swap Fears for Holiday Cheer

Step right up for some true Christmas cheer…and check out how Santa visited children of parents with AIDS today, Friday, December 21st. Thanks to a special visit from the Big Guy in Red, nearly 100 children of parents with AIDS were able to forget their fears and worries.  To make this holiday event happen, Catholic Charities NY partnered with COPWA, short for Children of Parents with Aids, providing our Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center in Harlem as Christmas Party Central.

On too many occasions, (COPWA has) been witness to the guilt and despair of parents living with HIV/AIDS and the wrenching emotional trauma experienced by young children orphaned by AIDS, only to have the trauma exacerbated by the sudden and impersonal dislocation imposed by the child welfare system. ​COPWA was born from this reality and from a vision that recognized a viable alternative to these tragic circumstances.  It is a vision based on compassionate, coordinated, community-based early permanency planning designed to assure parents facing premature death by linking them with families desirous and capable of providing caring and nurturing home environments for their children.

Santa gave out toys and clothes at this Angel Tree celebration as he listened to tots’ dreams for the Big Day.  Children played games, had their faces painted, snacked and swayed to Christmas music. 

“We collaborate with churches and community-based organizations like COPWA who provide help and create hope during this joyous season,” said Catholic Charities NY Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center director and Santa Assistant Rodney Beckford.  “We are blessed to offer assistance to many families through these collaborations widening our reach to those less able to provide for themselves during Christmas.”

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