By Brandon HENSLEY
One of the many places the foothills can celebrate the holidays will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church this Sunday, where a party will be held for adults with disabilities.
It’s not put on by any organization, but rather the father-daughter duo of Vito Cannella and Grace Chase.
“This event was started by my father, Vito Cannella, 39 years ago as a way to give a Christmas party to a group of individuals who sometimes are forgotten during the holidays,” said Chase.
The party will be in Healy Hall at the church, and go from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food, drinks, music and an appearance from Santa Claus is on the schedule.
“The food and gifts are donated by individuals … many of whom live in Crescenta Valley, just because it’s Christmas and time to show charity,” said Chase.
Chase is asking those who can’t come to at least consider donating a new wrapped gift, anything appropriate for a man or woman. Those can be dropped off at Chase’s home at 2169 Crescent Ave. in La Crescenta.
“In today’s world we sometimes get caught up in the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the holiday, and often can forget about Christmas spirit. This event is the perfect way to remember that charity should begin at home,” she said.
The annual event began 10 years ago. Chase said she has a sister with autism, and was associated with Tierra Del Sol in Sun Valley and The Pioneer Group, a club sponsored for disabled adults through the Pasadena City Parks and Rec department.
Guests on Sunday will be from Tierra Del Sol, The Pioneer Group and a few homes in Glendale, Chase said.
“Some do not have families to celebrate with and the gifts they receive that day may be their only ones they open on Christmas,” she said.
“We got to know these individuals over the years and many of them live in group homes with limited resources and exposures,” Chase said. “[Our] party hosted for this demographic of our society celebrating Christmas is what the true meaning of Christmas is … sharing fellowship and joy. It’s the perfect way to remember that giving at this time of year can be both of yourself and donating a small gift makes a big difference to someone.”