DeMarre Carroll Brings Holiday Cheer & Gifts to At-Risk Youth in New Jersey
Arms filled with presents and treats, DeMarre Carroll, starting forward for an area professional basketball team made the holidays a little brighter for more than a dozen at-risk youth who reside in independent living programs and supportive housing in New Jersey. The youth, who have aged out of foster care, live in supervised apartments where VOA-GNY staff provide the stepping stones to adulthood they will need to live independently and thrive.
After handing out the presents, Carroll spent some time with the youth and joined them for food and refreshments generously provided by DeMarre and his foundation, The Carroll Family Foundation.
Tere Pettitt, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York, said, “The young people we serve in our residential programs have faced difficult obstacles and uncertain futures. With guidance, support and love from Volunteers of America – Greater New York they are now on the road to a brighter future. We are deeply grateful to DeMarre and The Carroll Family Foundation for remembering our kids at a time of year when others their age are enjoying traditions of the season filled with family and friends. Tonight’s holiday celebration will bring smiles to their faces for a very long time.”