Love Makes The
HOUR CHILDREN NEWS
Serving The Children of Incarcerated Mothers
It all started way before “The Night
Before Christmas”! Our phones were
already ringing on October 2004 to
simply ask: “What can I do for Hour
Children for this Christmas?” Some of
you were our old supporters and
friends and some were new.
We are grateful to All of You who so
generously gave of yourselves, your
time, talents and resources to make
this Christmas a special one for our
You Made it
Made a BIG
Le Cordon Blue was a child’s
paradise on December 18, 2004.
Nearly 400 children attended.
Moms and children enjoyed Spider-
man, Sponge Bob, Elmo, old
friends, food and Santa. Nobody
left the place empty handed.
Thanks to All “Hour” Donors,
Staff, Moms and Children for mak-
ing this a Memorable one!
... CHRISTMAS AND MORE...
Every year Hour moms and children await
the Junior's Café Christmas Party given by the
Rapone Family. For the last five years, Santa
has visited Hour Children through their gen-
erosity. Moms and especially the children
enjoyed Santa’s gifts, the food and the op-
portunity to share with the Rapone Family.
“I’m so happy. I have
my mommy with me Ho!, Ho!, Ho!
and my sisters. This is
going to be my best Nathalee, have you been a
Christmas! Thank you good girl? I heard you….! Is
God for my family and that true? Santa is going to
my home!” be very good to you!
(Aleeya, Age 7)
A Super Up-Beat Day!!!
“This Christmas, I felt that I
celebrated the Holydays like I
used to with my family in
Cuba. Hour Children is my
newest family. It has been a
long time since I felt that way.
I have a wonderful daughter,
Stephanie, and a Santa’s
special delivery in Michelle!”
“They are here!!!”
On December 11, Tory
Women for Hire
surprised the children at
the Hour Children House IV
with Christmas gifts. The
Moms and children are
Saturday December 11, 2004 a wonderful group grateful for your visit and
of children from Garden City and ... became your generosity. We hope to
Elves for all Hour Children residents. Our chil- see you again!
dren were thrilled! Thank You Little Elves! We love visitors!
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After only being a part
A of the Hour Children
family for the past 9
Y months, I am truly
amazed by the day to
day changes I see at
C the HELP daycare.
A new challenges,
R whether it is taking a
first step, using a spoon for the first
E time, relating and communicating with others through play or just successfully
falling asleep at naptime. As the children move forward the mothers grow
along side them.
E Our big fall trip to Green Meadows Farms
W was a success. The children romped around
with animals yelling “moo cow”, “quack, quack”.
S We wrapped up the year by visiting Santa at
Macy’s 34th Street in Manhattan where the chil-
dren entered a winter wonderland and met with
by Santa to let him know their heart felt wishes.
The quote “Love Makes the Difference” may be
Erin short, but the outcomes are long lasting. Have a
Gris blessed New Year!!!
Hour Very Special People!!! You make us proud!!!
Life always gives us a reason to Celebrate. God’s gifts come in different ways to us: through a
smile, a letter, a phone call, a birthday celebration etc. The Hour Children family recently
celebrated three wonderful women.
Congratulations Sister Pat and Sister Yolanda on your Golden Jubilee as Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Our Day Care prepared a luncheon party in honor of Hour Golden Jubilarians.
Congratulations Sister Kitty for your Father Bellini Neighborhood Award!
Sister Kitty is part of My Mothers’ House team!
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“RUSSO’S ON THE BAY USHERS IN THE Next Events—Stay Tuned
HOLIDAYS AT HOUR CHILDREN” January 2005 Website Launched
Every New Yorker is familiar with the tradition
of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, reminding us that
March 1st , 2005 HAH II Open
Christmas is right around the corner. May , 2005 Golf Tournament
Well, the Macy’s Day Parade has nothing over June 2005 Rye Playland
recent events at Hour Children. On Thanksgiving
Eve, the staff of Russo's on The Bay began ringing August 2005 10th Anniversary
the door bells at each of the five Hour Children resi-
dences. In they came with a Thanksgiving meal that Kick-Off
would rival that of the first pilgrims. Russo’s didn’t
donate frozen turkeys - no, not Russo, one of the Hour Children Thrift Store, Gift Shop
most noted catering halls in Queens. Their first rate
culinary staff came bearing gifts of steaming hot & Furniture Outlet
turkeys, potatoes with scrumptious gravy, fresh ...always need stuff…
vegetables, cider and home-made Italian cookies.
George Russo and the entire Russo family donated Usable furniture, clothing, household items…
enough food to supply Thanksgiving dinner to 45 Your donations help supply our houses and fund programs!
families. They also played Santa by donating coats
and warm clothes. Your help is deeply appreciated…
The women and kids at Hour Children are ex- and TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
tremely grateful to the Russo Family, their wonder- We also accept.. Used cars, excess stocks,
ful chefs and generous employees who have once
again helped to bring the Holiday spirit to women donations from stores, manufacturers, etc.
and children, who like the Christ-child, so often find You can always drop items at our locations!
themselves being told that there is “no room in the
Or call: (718) 433-4724 to schedule a pick-up.
inn”. THANKS to the RUSSO FAMILY, this year, the
inn was brought to them!!!
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