Every Costume is Worth a Thousand Smiles

YMCA Child Care Children spread Halloween cheer to seniors at the Cornell Hall Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Union, NJ, November 10, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The YMCA of Eastern Union County, Five Points Child Development Center went on the road with their Halloween Parade. The children from the center’s preschool classrooms, accompanied by their teachers and some parent volunteers, visited Cornell Hall, located on Chestnut Street in Union.

For many of the residents of Cornell Hall, it was an opportunity to celebrate the holiday as they would at home. The children visited the common rooms dressed in their costumes. Patients and caregivers were entertained with a special Halloween song sung by the children. Caregivers then helped some of the seniors pass out Halloween treats to the children.

“At the YMCA of Eastern Union County, we try to instill the value of social responsibility to all of our members, from our youngest to our oldest,” said Lisa Yañez, Child Development Director, Five Points Branch. “This activity brought so much joy to those residents who did not have an opportunity to celebrate Halloween in the traditional sense. It also allowed our childcare participants a chance to do something kind for our neighbors, a lesson that we are happy to teach.”

The Five Points Branch Child Care and Preschool programs impact families by nurturing and developing healthy habits in children through supportive staff who assist children in reaching their full potential. Children are impacted by learning together, playing together, becoming part of a family that supports fun, friendship and endless possibilities. Components of the programs include: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, safe and security facilities, High Scope curriculum, 60 minutes of healthy activity and adherence to all NJ licensing requirements. Options are available for children 6 weeks through 5 years. The Y accepts 4C’s vouchers and financial assistance is available.

The YMCA of Eastern Union County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Y impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faiths or incomes. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.

For more information, please contact Lisa Yanez at 908.688.9622 or lyanez@ymcaeuc.org. The YMCA of Eastern Union County web site is located at www.ymcaeuc.org and offers information on all available programs.
YMCA of Eastern Union County
Colleen Clayton