Bethlehem volunteer organization Women of Excellence held its annual Christmas party for Southside families Dec. 21 at Broughal MS. Jamela Earl ard Jodi Johnson, at right, are assisted by volunteers Kadian Johnson, Michael Mendoza, and Sam Mendoza at the pizza station.
Bethlehem Officer Costas Alestas prepares to serve chicken and rice to guests at the Women of Excellence Christmas party.
Officer David Horvath checks on a hot entrée before the party.
Denise Baker and Valerie McLendon are joined by BPD Officer William Rodriguez at one of the entrée stations. Every year, hundreds of families from the Southside attend this holiday celebration free of charge.
Bethlehem Officer Sam Elias serves beverages, along with Alani Rodriguez (daughter of Officer William Rodriguez), in the Broughal cafeteria.
Press Photos courtesy of Latoyia SmallDr. Enid Jackson, the group’s founder, sports a red Santa hat as she takes a moment at the annual Christmas party to pose with group members for a photo. Next to Dr. Jackson is Latoyia Small; back row, from left: Denise Baker, Gillian Baptist, Valerie McLendon.
South Bethlehem Christmas
Sharing the Spirit
Bethlehem Women of Excellence held its annual Christmas party Dec. 21 at Broughal MS. Women of Excellence is a nonprofit organization of Christian women that focuses on women’s empowerment through volunteer work.
The Christmas party provides food and fellowship to hundreds of South Bethlehem families every year, and is staffed by volunteers from the organization, as well as Bethlehem Police Department officers and their families.
Donors providing food, supplies, and presents for this year’s celebration were Albarell Electric, Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem Area School District, Bethlehem Fire Department, Bethlehem Police Department, Christmas City Studios, the City of Bethlehem, Coca-Cola, Community Action Bethlehem, Domino’s Pizza, Entenmann’s Bakery, Goosey Gander, Hands In Service, Hellertown Library, Holiday Hope Chest, La Lupita, Lehigh Pizza, Stone House Group, TastyKake, and Toys for Tots.