Sons of Italy Give Seasons' Joy to Taunton-Area Adults with Disabilities
North Dighton —On December 7th, The Order of Sons of Italy in America® Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 hosted its 12th annual holiday event for consumers and staff at CO-OP, a local non-profit agency supporting individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Over 100 people enjoyed lunch, with music, dancing and the traditional reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In addition to a live performance by the Coyle & Cassidy High School Choir, Massachusetts Representatives Patricia Haddad and Shaunna O’Connell joined the festivities and helped distribute holiday gifts.
According to CO-OP COO and Interim President, Joyce Faria, “Each year, we all look forward to the start of our holiday season with the help and generosity of The Columbia Cultural Trust and The Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 O.S.I.A. and all the volunteers who turn out year after year. As usual, it was a wonderful party.”
CO-OP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting local citizens with developmental and other disabilities, including brain injuries, in a variety of residential and day programs, employment supports, and clinical services. Founded in 1972 and currently serving approximately 300 individuals and family members in Southeastern Massachusetts, CO-OP’s mission focuses on individualized services and community participation. For more information, go to www.co-op.cc.