Recap from WJCNY's participation in the Three Kings Holiday Celebrations with our coalition partners, the Western NY Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies and community partners, the Mujeres Divinas.
Three Kings Holiday Celebration with the Western NY Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies
On behalf of the Western NY Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies, we thank all the organizations and our donors for making the Christmas Fiesta memorable farmworker families in Western New York. The family-friendly event created a safe space where migrant farmworkers, their families, community members, and agencies could celebrate the holidays together. Día de Los Reyes, Three Kings Day, is a holiday observed by many Latinx communities, and is a day to exchange gifts.
Fun activities included a story time, games, pinatas filled with treats, as well as arts and crafts tables. There was so much delicious food that many attendees left with brimming plates. Children and teens danced to music played by DJ Lauro, a local farmworker. Community agencies hosted information tables to share information and resources to community constituents with their displays and interactions. Farmworkers engaged in dialogue around the Morralitos Campaign aimed at strategies to work safer in the fields.
A main attraction was the photo booth where families and couples took goofy pictures with props capturing their experience to last a lifetime. The arrival of the Three Kings was the highlight of the evening. The kings gave each child a gift to unwrap. The children's alegria was contagious and filled all those who saw their faces with gratitude and joy. For many families, the event was their first experience celebrating the holidays in the U.S. The children and farmworker smiles reinforced that the collaborative efforts in making the annual Christmas Fiesta happen were a worthwhile one. In a word, the event was priceless.
(Can you find one of WJCNY's attorneys dressed as a king?)
Three Kings Holiday Celebration with Mujeres Divinas
A message from Cheryl Gee who has been a dedicated WJCNY staff member to the group for many years.
"It was a wonderful event, and the kids really enjoyed themselves! We couldn't have done it without the amazing support of Nancy Ghertner, Wendy Shelly, and the Green Angels, who all donated gifts and gift cards for the children, and Linda Donahue and her family who donated the gift bags for the women. 39 children and 20 women received gifts."
Mujeres Divinas is a group of Latina immigrant women that come together to create a safe space where they can learn with and among one another, essential skills for leadership development and advocacy techniques. Furthermore, to empower and improve their communities, as well to improve their own lives and the lives of other women at home and at work.