eventsThe holiday season in 2013 was a busy time for the staff and students at Narconon centers around the United States. Here are a few examples of what was going on in several of the locations:

Families Reunite at Narconon Freedom Center

People who check into rehab ahead of the holiday season often face the prospect of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. They will be able to enjoy the company of their friends at the rehab center, but many will miss their loved ones back at home. Things were different at the Narconon Freedom Center, located in the southern Michigan town of Albion. The center invited family of the students to visit for Thanksgiving dinner, where all enjoyed a traditional feast complete with everything from turkey to pumpkin pie. As great as the meal was, the greatest treat was getting to witness the families reunite with their loved ones. The visitors were able to see how much progress the Narconon students had made on their road to recovery, and for many it was the first time in a long time that they had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving together.

Holiday Activities at Narconon Arrowhead

The 2013 holiday season was a busy time for the staff and students at the Narconon Arrowhead center in the small town of Canadian, Oklahoma. The staff put up a large Christmas tree in the lobby, and everyone was invited to a “decking the halls” party early in December to decorate the building for the season. The staff and students also teamed up to build a float for the Christmas parade in the nearby city of McAlester, as well as the Eufaula holiday parade. A message of drug-free living was the theme of the float. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Christmas activities at Narconon Arrowhead this year was their annual food pantry. For the past several years, Narconon Arrowhead has been running a food pantry, raising donations to provide much needed support to families in the community. Through solicitations of donations, regular bake sales and other efforts, they worked to collect food, supplies and money to purchase further goods for needy families in the area of Pittsburg County.

Another Christmas Time activity at Narconon Arrowhead this year was their Sponsor a Student program. The program is a way for people who have completed the rehab program at Narconon Arrowhead to reach out to those who are currently working their way through the program and lend their support. The program graduates take the time to write a letter of encouragement that is given to the current student on Christmas day. Alumni also contribute by sending a Christmas stocking filled with small presents as a nice surprise to brighten up the holiday.

Narconon Redwood Cliffs Toy Drive Supported by Paul Walker’s Charity

This Christmas, 9 women and 21 children spent their holiday season at the Pajaro Valley Women’s Shelter in the Central California town of Watsonville on the coast of Monterey Bay. On the evening of December 17th, Santa Claus showed up at the shelter bearing more than 100 personalized gifts for the children, and he stayed to take photos and enjoy a holiday celebration with pizza, pastries and soft drinks. The occasion was organized by the Narconon Redwood Cliffs center, also located in Watsonville, their fifth annual Christmas toy drive. The success of the event was thanks in large part to the charitable contributions of the Leapfrog toy company, Purist Car Group, and Reach Out WorldWide, the charity organization founded by the late actor Paul Walker. Through the donations of these groups and the work of the staff at Narconon Redwood Cliffs, the families at the Pajaro Valley Women’s Shelter had the opportunity to enjoy the Merry Christmas they deserved.

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