BAR HARBOR – A Christmas miracle occurred Thursday for participants and staff at Downeast Horizons.
Every year, Downeast Horizons has a Christmas party and this year the organization’s building in Bar Harbor was filled to the brim with almost 200 members partaking in the festivities.
“This is just a great day and today the spirit of Christmas is vibrating through this whole place. You just got to look in their eyes and see that smile in their face and realize, this is what Christmas is all about and today, this is what Christmas is all about,” said Downeast Horizons Executive Director Anthony Zambrano.
Program participants and staff enjoyed food and Christmas fun with one another
“I feel like when we have one event we see everyone else, it’s kind of hard in a way. I only see some of my friends during bowling, or when I see them whenever, so it’s pretty cool that we’re hanging here,” said Angel Lucas, a client of Downeast Horizons.
Many of participants got to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and get special Christmas gifts that they could take home.
“Not only are they getting special gifts from Santa, all of our staff today are receiving a check which in the total amount that’s given today, is equal to $169,000 to 170 staff members,” Zambrano said.
He also said each staff member received up to $1,500 in these checks and it’s all due to their hard work and effort.
Zambrano did not want their significance to go unnoticed and unrewarded
“That brings loyalty, they’re going to be here, they’re going to stay here, they’re going to help these folks and they’re the ones that help make this company successful and they should share in these rewards,” Zambrano said.