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Boys Town New York’s “A Glimmer of Hope” Brings Joy to Disadvantaged Youth

A night of soaring spirits, uplifting ​music and a touch of holiday magic marked the 7th Annual Glimmer of Hope Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony event, held December 9th at Boys Town’s Dean Street facility in Brooklyn.

Youth and staff joined together as a supportive community to decorate the tree and get in the holiday spirit. The night was full of holiday fun as a DJ helped liven the mood while all of the guests enjoyed desserts and sang holiday songs.

Many of the children we serve experienced the magic of the holiday for the first time, free from the worry of daily survival on the streets of New York City. For these youth in need, A Glimmer of Hope is more than an event- it is an opportunity to bring joy to fellow children in spite of surroundings that force them to grow up too fast.

These opportunities are central to the mission and work of Boys Town New York. Our Intervention and Assessment Homes helps youth throughout Brooklyn and Queens in trouble with the law, who have been removed from their homes and families, and are awaiting adjudication. Many of these youth have been abandoned, abused, or neglected, and suffer from a number of emotional and behavioral problems.

Boys Town works closely with each individual child, teaching them healthy, disciplined strategies to overcome negative circumstances within a nurturing environment. Hundreds of youngsters, ages 10 to 18 from all five boroughs of New York City, have graduated our program. A Glimmer of Hope is just one way we demonstrate our commitment to saving children and healing families.