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Holiday Express Challenge: 90 CHARITIES IN 48 DAYS

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May 18, 2016

THIS IS IT! The OceanFirst 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge is over. Thank you to all of you who donated to my cause and helped Holiday Express  See more
Ashley Hadar

THE STORY:

GOAL... 90 CHARITIES IN 48 DAYS!

At Holiday Express we believe no one should be alone at the holidays. Our programs use the healing power of music and friendship to improve the quality of life for those we serve. In 2015, Holiday Express visited 81 organizations, bringing hope and joy to 20,000 people.  This year the GOAL... 90 CHARITIES IN 48 DAYS.  

Help us deliver Smiles, Hugs, Music, Love & the Gift of Human kindness

We need your help to reach the GOAL... 90 CHARITIES IN 48 DAYS.

Holiday Express works year round to ensure no one is alone at the holidaysNow is the time that we plan for the holiday season and purchase supplies for the 24,000 people we serve. Now is when we need your help.

Each event - from volunteer transportation, stage set-up, delicious meal, to gift bags filled with practical essentials - is $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of guest attending. Holiday Express does not charge the state developmental centers, soup kitchens, specialized schools, psychiatric facilities, and homeless shelters that we visit.  We depend on the generosity of people like yourself to make the gift of human kindness possible.

Make a donation. Do it today. Make a difference.

From 2009 Holiday Express Yearbook by elf Ashley: ""...Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher,” the classic R&B hit by Jackie Wilson, is performed in full force by the Holiday Express band. The singers walk between the aisles, the sax players are blowing their horns. The crowd is either dancing or swaying in their seats and everyone is singing along. Costumed elves are giving hugs and smiles, holding hands. The energy and excitement in the room is mesmerizing. A Holiday Express event is like being on an emotional roller coaster. One minute you are dancing and smiling, and the next minute you are trying as hard as you can to hold back your tears. To try and put a tattoo on someone’s deformed, yet beautiful face, while trying to keep your hand from shaking. To smile into someone’s sad eyes and hold their hand while happy tears roll down their face. To keep on giving hugs to people who can't move a muscle. Music, the universal language, is always about the possibility of transcendence, of things getting better. It helps uplift from sad and heartbreaking circumstances into a moment which grows into two hours of transformation, and infuses anyone with the strength to carry on. The music draws us all together as a community, erasing all our differences, and making us all the same. To see the big smiles and pure happiness etched on so many faces made my Holiday Season the best one yet. I grew up believing that giving, sharing and volunteering are a part of human nature. We are social creatures that need and rely on others. Giving to others, if it is a hug or just a smile, leaves you with a warm feeling, a boost in energy and overall happier mood...Tracy Chapman wrote, “I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.” Holiday Express is the place where you are surrounded by all those angels, and I have found the place to “lift me higher and higher.” Thank you for helping Holiday Express deliver the gift of human kindness. www.holidayexpress.org

$1,280

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ashley Hadar

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jason miao

    $100

  • Elli Keller

    $50

  • No Name

    $25

  • Loren and Barry Lewin

    $50

  • Mitch Ruthberg

     

  • Joyce Kaiser

    $25

  • Ray & Roe DiStefano

     

  • Ashley

    $100

  • Beliza Ann Furman

     

  • Steve & Lee-Ann Chaneski

    $50

  • Ashley's friends

     

  • Mark Guberman

    $25

  • Maryann Walsh

    $50

  • Bill Thorne

    $25

  • Patricia Rooney

    $25

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The Team: $16,697 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Holiday Express, Inc.

Amount Raised

$5,495

 

5% Raised of $103,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michele Macchia

Amount Raised

$1,950

Fundraiser Title

Linda Shields

Amount Raised

$1,675

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Hadar

Amount Raised

$1,280

Fundraiser Title

Angel Palumbo

Amount Raised

$1,195

Fundraiser Title

Gary Sfraga

Amount Raised

$811

 

81% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Amy G Brogan

Amount Raised

$700

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Pat Wotton

Amount Raised

$586

Donor Comments

Patricia Rooney

Patricia Rooney

DONATION: $25

In memory of Gary Schwartz 10 months ago

Bill Thorne

Bill Thorne

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Maryann Walsh

Maryann Walsh

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Mark Guberman

Mark Guberman

DONATION: $25

In honor of Ashley 1 year ago

Ashley's friends

Ashley's friends

1 year ago

Steve & Lee-Ann Chaneski

Steve & Lee-Ann Chaneski

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Beliza Ann Furman

Beliza Ann Furman

1 year ago

Ashley

Ashley

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Ray & Roe DiStefano

Ray & Roe DiStefano

1 year ago

Joyce Kaiser

Joyce Kaiser

DONATION: $25

1 year ago