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Oct 12, 2017

Bring Joy to the World With Sylvia’s Children

The Holmdel-based nonprofit organization Sylvia’s Children is asking area residents and businesses to help bring joy to 1,000 children of Uganda for the upcoming Christmas season. Donations are needed to provide every girl a new dress and every boy a new shirt. In addition, the children will each receive a goody bag filled with beads, sweets, stickers, crayons, pencils, kazoos, and sunglasses. In most instances, these simple items are the only presents these children will receive for Christmas.

The students at Mbiriizi Advanced Primary and Day Care School have adopted Sylvia Allen as their “Grandmother” and Sylvia, in turn, has adopted them. The school has grown over the years, and the needs have grown with it. Where once there were 439 students, there are now more than 1,000 and 25% of them are orphans. Each year, Sylvia’s Children celebrates Christmas at the end of their school year with a party.

It takes so little to bring joy to these children. One shirt, one dress, and two goody bags will make two children joyous for just $45. A dress for a little girl costs $17 and a shirt for a boy is $13. Goody bags of treats cost $7.50 each. And for a generous gift of $900, they can bring gifts to 75 students and 50 faculty members.

Thank you in advance for your gift. To donate or to learn more, go to, call (732) 946-2711, or write Sylvia’s Children, Inc., 89 Middletown Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733.