Every year, the Ford Resource and Engagement Centers host the most fun-filled, eventful, family-friendly, community holiday events. This year was no exception! If you weren’t in the holiday spirit before visiting our Southwest and Eastside Holiday parties, you definitely were after!

Check out the highlights:

FREC Eastside The Eastside FREC kicked things off with their annual Christmas party Thursday night. The halls were packed with residents from all over the community.

As soon as you walked in, Santa and his helpers greeted you at the door with hearty laughs and smiles. There wasn’t a sad face in the crowd.

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Fresh the Clowns had all of the kids and adults hype, dancing and excited. Free haircuts were given and the Xbox game room was lit.

Plates of delicious food and ice cream sundaes were being passed out in the masses. Everyone left happy and with a full belly.

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FREC (Southwest) On Saturday, FREC Southwest got the weekend started with an afternoon Holiday Fest.

The smell of churros and tamales filled the air, as people waited in line to get a taste.

A line wrapped around the FREC as kids and parents waited to get a photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.


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You are missing out if you are not here!!! FREC (Southwest) Holiday Fest! 2-6pm

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Local businesses in the community sold goods for people looking to buy personalized Christmas gifts.

The crowd was mesmerized by the sounds of authentic Puerto Rican music as everyone clapped and danced.


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FREC (Southwest) holiday Fest!!!! We are here until 6pm!

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The FREC is thankful to able to have programs like these in order to serve and bring the community together. If you missed both parties, don’t fret! We are always hosting events throughout the year. Keep an eye on our calendar to stay informed.

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