Monday, December 2, 2013

Elks play Secret Santa to the children of YCS

This year, the Hackensack Elks have played Secret Santa to many children of the Holley Child Care and Development Center in Hackensack.  The Holley Center is a long-term intensive residence of Youth Consultation Services (YCS) for 45 children between ages 6 and 13.  The Elks filled the Christmas lists of ten children and donated an additional fifteen gift certificates to Target for the children.

Popular gift requests included Skull Candy headphones, Bath and Body Works gift sets, Nike Snap Back hats, books, Nike Elite athletic socks, and drawing supplies.

Members Barbara Weronko and Steve Gelber wrap presents

YCS, a 501(C)3 organization, was founded in 1918 to help the women and children left alone and/or abandoned by the aftermath of World War I. Programs and services grew from this beginning and today YCS maintains programs throughout the state for children with special needs, from birth to 25 years of age. Programs include: educational, psycho-therapeutic and psychiatric services in home and in our residential facilities, crisis intervention, foster care and treatment home placements, as well as our newest in home and residential programs for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you, your company, or organization would like to make a donation to or get involved with the YCS Foundation you can contact Kathy Mongon at

The Elks is a national service organization with a 140+ year history and nearly one million members in 2,000 lodges around the country. Local lodges invests in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans. The Order of Elks spends more than $80,000,000 per year in charitable programs. If you are interested in becoming an Elk you can contact the Hackensack Lodge at 201-487-0658.

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