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Changemakers: The Santa Project brings holiday joy

Posted: 6:11 PM, Dec 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-16 18:11:36-05

MANHATTAN — Tis' the season for giving and giving back!

Adapt Community Network is a pioneer in providing cutting-edge programs and services for people with disabilities.

It's an organization that serves over 20-thousand families right here in New York.

And in an effort to make the holidays extra-special for so many, Adapt kicked off its "Santa Project."

The chips were on the table and the cards were being dealt, all for a good cause.

The room was filled for Adapt Community Network's annual Santa Project Party which raises money to make the holiday bright for so many with disabilities. Ed Matthews, the CEO of Adapt told us the money raised tonight is used to buy gift cards.

“The gift cards go to kids and families for holiday gifts, but we also have needs for the school, smart boards other stuff kids need that we use the money for.”

Adapt is the largest provider of early childhood education for children with special needs in the country.

Actress, Jill Flint, who was the host of Adapt's Santa Project Party, says once she visited an

Adapt school and saw the connections they made with students, she was in.

“I grew up with someone who has cerebral palsy and I couldn’t help but to think he would have benefited from something like this.”

Model Camilla Barungi is one of the founders of The Santa Project.

“I was blown away by the hands-on approach by the staff, team and donors and I wanted to be part of this.”

While Adapt has a lot of new projects for 2020, Ed Matthews does have a holiday wish.

“My holiday wish is that everybody out there finds us and knows what we do and sees the importance of what we do and can be as generous as possible this season.”

It was such a wonderful night, the event raised 104-thousand dollars.

If you’d like to make a donation, click on the link here .