Just wanted to give a belated update on a belated Happy Holiday Carnival that Christmas in the City NYC ran with Knock Knock Give a Sock (KKGS). Christmas in the City – New York edition – is the brainchild of chip-off-the-old-block Chippy Kennedy. KKGS is a New York City organization spreading awareness about homelessness, helping families experiencing homelessness, and – as the name implies – giving out an awful lot of socks to those in need of them.
When CITC-NYC began a few years back, they worked in conjunction with KKGS to run a carnival, centered on a school community that serves a number of families living in shelters. After a couple of successful years, covid struck – and it struck New York City especially hard. There was no 2020 carnival, but the groups teamed up in May to run a Belated Happy Holiday Carnival, which took place in late May on the Lower East Side. The carnival featured covid-friendly games, a magic show, treats for the kids, and of course, Santa. (Don’t let the shorts fool you. That Santa cap and jacket let us know who’s who!)
Kids, parents, and volunteers all had a great time. Sound familiar? It ought to, because that’s what Christmas in the City does best: bringing together folks who may not see much of each other in the normal course of their lives, but who share a common love of children and a strong desire to spread “comfort and joy” throughout the community.
Christmas in the City is still not 100% sure what 2021 holds in store, but please stay tuned! We’ll be letting you know as soon as we can.