On Saturday, December 10, 2016, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated’s Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter (CJA) opened their hearts and doors to “Believe in Dreams!” For the past 15 years, CJA has supported the Laurie Haven and New Brunswick Group homes with a Christmas Extravaganza. From the generosity of its members, CJA has collectively raised and invested $75,000 to help the Christmas wishes of the displaced children at these two facilities come true.

“Believe in Dreams!” was held at the Washington Community School in Plainfield NJ. Lead by Christmas Party Chairperson Donna Houston, a committee of over 30 CJA members transformed every inch of the school’s cafetorium into a wonderland that could rival Santa’s North Pole residence. North, south, east and west corners were filled with decorations, fancy face painters, a feast fit for royalty, red velvet cupcakes, candy canes, presents galore and several St. Nicks, handsomely coiffed and dressed in their finest Christmas couture.

Entertainment for the afternoon was a showcase of dance, poetic prose and social awareness, written, choreographed and produced as a community service project by members of the Delta GEMS Institute, a youth group also serviced by the Sorority. After the show, each child met Mr. and Mrs. Claus to receive their bundles of gifts. And to inspire their young minds, each child was also given the book Hidden Figures, a donation by the chapter’s Arts and Letters committee.