On Friday, December 8, Ace, the Blue Jays mascot joined his other Toronto mascot buddies in welcoming over 1,000 kids to the 14th Annual HoliJays Children�s Party.
Children from Toronto Community Housing�s recreation programs in partnerships with the Toronto Children�s Breakfast Club and the Community Unity Alliance were invited to enjoy a day of fun and laughter. It was a chance for them to meet Santa, get into the holiday spirit and just be kids.
There were games, face painting, bounce houses to jump in, craft tables for making holiday art and a pair of fire trucks on site for children to climb into.
"The thing about this event that struck me the first time I did it is that nobody has to do this," said Dr. Mitchell Kosny, Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors. "The Jays don't have to do this. Rogers Centre doesn't have to do this. All of the volunteers that are here at 8:30 in the morning and afterwards -- nobody has to do this. It blows me away every year!"
Before the party was over, the kids enjoyed a pizza lunch and watched some lively music and dance numbers. When it was time to head back home, each child received a goodie bag of donated items.
The Toronto Blue Jays, the many organizations who helped with donations and the wonderful volunteers from Toronto Community Housing and elsewhere made this event a glowing success.
Toronto Community Housing also partners with the Toronto Blue Jays for Rookie Ball, a baseball program for TCHC kids.