Hundreds of local children and their families were treated to an early visit from Santa at the annual Holiday party sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center and the Sussex County Council for Young Children at Project Self-Sufficiency. Participants enjoyed goofy holiday games, music and crafts based on a Polar Express theme. Pizza and cookies were provided by volunteers. Children were greeted by a special visitor from the North Pole, playfully impersonated by Sussex County Freeholder Director George Graham. Project Self-Sufficiency is a local non-profit agency which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey.
Sussex County Freeholder George Graham enthusiastically donned a red suit for his stint as Santa at the annual holiday party. "I am honored to support the efforts of the Sussex County Family Success Center as it brings together families to enjoy this holiday season. Every child deserves to believe in a little holiday magic and that is what this event is all about."
“The annual holiday party at Project Self-Sufficiency is an exciting way to usher in the holidays, and our participants look forward to attending year after year,” noted Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who help to make this a merry occasion for the children and their families.”
Project Self-Sufficiency has served families in the New Jersey counties of Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon for more than 30 years. Programs include career guidance, computer training, help with obtaining a high school diploma, parenting skills classes, legal assistance and education, financial workshops, health education, childcare and family activities. The agency offers help around the holidays, formal dresses during prom season, and assistance with emergency basic needs, such as food and clothing to its participants. Most services are free and many are open to the public.
For information about the programs and services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit For more information about the Sussex County Family Success Center, visit . Information about the Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, can be found at . .