Carolers enliven Germantown Avenue, give to those in need

On a Thursday night that offered delightful weather, children and adults caroled along Germantown Avenue in connection with an event hosted by the 6300 Block Alliance at the Historic Johnson House.

Armed with candles to illuminate their walk along the avenue from Washington Lane to Johnson Street, they sang holiday jams like “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Deck The Halls,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” On a few occasions, passersby – including those in cars – joined in.

After caroling, the group returned to the Historic Johnson House (an Underground Railroad station and museum) where four families were presented with holiday food baskets containing frozen turkeys, whole-wheat noodles, stuffing, canned goods, fruits, vegetables and more.

Colette Mutongo, a food-basket recipient, said, “This is such a great idea. I am very thankful for the food items.”

“This is the third year that we held this event,” said Malik Boyd, Germantown resident and president of the Philadelphia Young Democrats whose MENtors program served as a sponsor. “It is important that within these economic times we share our resources.”

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