For the past seven years, the staff and the youth at our Next Generation Center have established a holiday tradition.
It may seem simple – a night of dinner and games and gifts – but it is incredibly meaningful for the people involved. NGC serves youth in foster care and those transitioning out of care. For many of the youth, the holidays can stir up painful memories and emotions. For them, a night of community and festivities at NGC is a welcome change.
This year, 27 staff and 30 youth attended the celebration. The staff handled the setup and décor and also served the meal and cleaned it up afterward.
During the night, the youth and staff shared what they were thankful for. When it was her turn, Children’s Aid Executive Vice President Georgia Boothe said: “I am so grateful for the privilege of coming to Children’s Aid every day and doing what I do to try to make a difference. And I’m grateful that you all gave us the privilege of being here with you to celebrate and what you give to us.”
We hope you take a moment to scroll through the gallery of photos below from this incredible night. And we hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.
If you’re preparing a meal, please enjoy this recipe from NGC Assistant Director Brandon Henry, a culinary school graduate and the head of our kitchen.
Recipe for Cranberry Chutney
- 2 lbs cranberry
- 2 navel oranges (juiced and peeled)
- 2 tsps or 2 sticks ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and cook on a medium low until cranberries burst, about 30-45 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.