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The Smith Center For Community Advancement spreads Christmas cheers

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On Saturday, December 14, 2013, The Smith Center For Community Advancement [SCCA] held its' 1st Annual Christmas party and toy drive give away. The Smith Center For Community Advancement is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services to youth and families. According to SCCA, 'strong families are the cornerstone of strong and thriving communities. Their services are designed to be highly interactive and engaging with an emphasis on family bonding/healing and establishing a worthwhile community investment.' Mr. Andre Russell is the CEO/Founder of SCCA. He proudly brags about his 'awesome' team of board members: Robin Russell - Director of Community Relations, Maria Munoz, Akilah Scott, and Marcus Chavers.

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The entire team of SCCA staff worked in perfect harmony as they broke bread and spread Christmas cheers with more than 40 youth and family members. They also had a grand entrance from a very popular celebrity. You guessed it - Santa Clause! The families engaged in arts and crafts, took pictures with Santa, and received gifts. This was a joyous occasion for all. Some of the children talked to Examiner about what they wanted for Christmas: Anyla wants a Barbie House; Kiara wishes to have an Easy Bake Oven. There was also a very sentimental Christmas reflection shared by Ms. Ericka, who talked about her son, Malachi, being one of the best gifts ever. She states: "My son saved my life at birth." Ms. Ericka explained how many doctors and specialist were in the hospital room because they thought Malachi would be a code blue. However, he was fine. It was her who began to drift away. But, the presence of all the specialist led to immediate action to save her life. She credits her son's 'expected birth situation' for allowing doctors to be right where they were needed at the appointed time to give her immediate attention. What's the moral of the story? SCCA's event brought inspirational memories; put smiles on many faces; caused families to interact and bond in a positive and productive way; and taught many that Christmas is a time for showing love, generosity, and gratitude. Lastly, the event demonstrated that an organization and its' staff can join together for the common good of mankind to give unconditionally, while sending a message loud and clear regarding family unity.

If you would like to know more about The Smith Center For Community Advancement, services, and upcoming events, you may contact the organization at 773-819-5754 or email at



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