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Spreading Holiday Cheer. And glitter.

Notes from Kevin Lerner
Web editor

Photography © Susannah Shepherd

Not that we didn’t care before, but now it’s official, thanks to the fifth annual We Care event, sponsored by Herman Miller, Geiger, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Last Friday, Record sent a contingent of ten caring staff members up to the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem, where we joined a gymful of design firms, each of which had developed a craft for hundreds of excitable tykes to put together over the course of an afternoon.

From gingerbread men to foam-ball snowmen; from treasure boxes to pipecleaner ornaments; from do-rags to snowflakes, each firm had a well-thought-out project that was sure to delight the craft-happy kinder. But over at the Record table, we were particularly fond of our holiday card project, where the kids came by, picked out a color of card stock, and then used either their imaginations or our examples (created around our conference table amid a flurry of glitter and sponge clippings) to create their very own cards.

We offered glitter and glue, crayons and sponge painting, shiny stickers and googly eyes. They took advantage of everything we had to offer, creating cards that were heartwarming (we were asked how to spell “I love you Mommy”) and truly artistic (there was at least one that the Whitney Museum might show some interest in).

We played around a little bit ourselves, in the quiet times, but none of our fun could compete with the satisfaction evident in the face of a kid who just made a card that his mother—and he—could be proud of.

We Care took place in 12 cities nationwide. Herman Miller expected 3300 students to take part in the activities this year.


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