On November 28th, the Anacostia Coordinating Council, a community consortium formed in 1993 to support Anacostia and its surrounding neighborhoods, hosted its 10th Annual Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive, with all donations going to the Metropolitan Police Department Seventh District’s Holiday Toy Giveaway, being held this year on December 14th. To celebrate its tenth holiday gathering, the partnered with Building Bridges Across the River, hosting for the first time at THEARC’s Blackbox Theatre.
A record number of people attended and there were a record number of donations for the children and families of Ward 7 and 8.
The evening featured informative talks on religious and cultural observances of the season, including reflections on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Attendees were brought to their feet during musical and dramatic performances by DC Strings Orchestra, Children’s Legacy Theatre, Go-Go artist J’TA, and Troy Prestwood. Special guests included DC Attorney General-Elect Brian Schwalb and U.S. Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown.