Mercy Housing Southwest low-income youth residents celebrate season of giving through three-stop ‘Jingle Bell Hop’

After visiting Page Commons and Paz de Cristo, the children celebrated the holidays with Santa Claus at Villas de Merced.

After visiting Page Commons and Paz de Cristo, the children celebrated the holidays with Santa Claus at Villas de Merced.

About 20 low-income youth residents, ages 5 to 12, rang in the holiday season this afternoon by giving back to the community and their families as part of Mercy Housing Southwest’s Jingle Bell Hop.

 

 

The three-stop, five hour-long event took the children to Paz de Cristo to deliver canned goods, Mercy Housing Southwest’s senior property Page Commons to sing carols, and back to their home at Villas de Merced where they prepared gifts for their families. The celebration helped the children feel a part of and give back to their community, said Lena Kelly, Mercy Housing Southwest Regional Director of Resource Development.

 

The children at Villas de Merced played with "snow," a rare sight in Mesa.

The children at Villas de Merced played with "snow," a rare sight in Mesa.

“Many of these children went home tonight to apartments without trees or gifts, because their own families cannot afford to celebrate the holidays,” Kelly said. “Through the Jingle Bell Hop, they had the opportunity to give to others who are in similar situations and see the importance of their gifts.”

 

For more info, check out our web site — www.mercyhousing.org.

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