For over 10 years, AuPairCare au pairs have participated in the Festival of Trees, a community event on Long Island that raises funds for the Cerebral Palsy Association. Mid-November, the au pairs gathered together with other community organizations to create a showcase of beautifully decorated trees. The group decided that their tree would be baby-themed. To be true to theme, the au pairs decorated the tree with baby bottles, stuffed animals, baby hats, tiny socks, ribbons, and ornaments in the shades of baby blue and pink.
Gamze from Turkey remarked, “It was so much fun! I made new friends at the event and it was so different to decorate a tree with a theme. I love that it was a baby theme since we all love caring for babies and children!’
A few of the au pairs in attendance mentioned that having opportunities to volunteer was one of their favorite parts of cultural exchange because they get to meet new people, spend time with other au pairs, and give their time to a great cause.
Candice, an au pair from South Africa stated, "The holiday spirit is so present any time we give freely and without expectation. It is so important, especially now, to spread joy and love."
After completing their tree, thousands of families and members of the community came to view the Festival of Trees at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY. The fee to enter the event and proceeds from the sale of the trees benefited the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County. The au pair’s tree was awarded second place, and the au pairs were ecstatic to have been recognized for their efforts. It was an incredibly memorable and rewarding event.