On December 21, 2021, Queens Defenders hosted a Holiday Extravaganza in our Jamaica Justice Center for clients and their families. There was a wide variety of toys, clothes, and accessories for guests to choose from. All visitors received bags of fresh and non-perishable foods to take home for the holidays.  

Toys and gifts were donated by Queens Defenders thanks to a grant provided by New York City Council Member Brooks-Powers. Other toys were donated by former clients and community members. All pre-made perishable food bags were provided by Campaign Against Hunger, 9 Million Reasons, and the Promise Church – a partnership with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards. The non-perishable food bags were made thanks to JEWELEX and donations from Queens Defenders employees.  

Visitors were overjoyed with the items they received at the Holiday Extravaganza. Children were laughing and smiling as they were handed brand new toys and pajamas. Families left with big smiles on their faces, looking forward to a happy and healthy holiday season.  

In addition to the giveaways at the Holiday Extravaganza, Queens Defenders hand delivered gifts, food, and other necessities to families impacted by domestic violence. 

Queens Defenders Executive Director and Founder, Lori Zeno spent countless hours shopping and planning for this event over several weekends. She said, “It is important to us at Queens Defenders that our support for our clients does not stop when we leave the courtroom. We are incredibly grateful to our generous partners and donors who made this event possible. Our team had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday season with our clients and their families.”