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New York Chapter


The Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc., New York City Chapter was launched in 2010 by Kendahl Lauren Lucas, daughter of Twelve Days of Christmas’ founder Gayla Gardner. Kendahl, along with six dynamic women hosted their inaugural holiday fundraiser, “Party with a Purpose”, which sponsored Christmas gifts and essentials for three local families. Since then, our annual holiday event has grown to host over 200 people in New York City’s most famed venues. As our annual holiday fundraising event has grown, so has our impact. 


We are proud to be of service to over 100 children annually. We partner with trusted organizations, like local schools, to identify children with the most dire needs in our community. At Christmas, we provide wishlist items, like warm clothing, electronics, toys and even furniture to those children and their families. Since 2015, we’ve supported local classrooms, providing books and school supplies to teachers and students as they return to school each fall. As we celebrate year 15, we aim to build on the legacy of our founders by increasing our impact and spreading Christmas joy year-round to more children in our community.

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Welcome to the New York City Chapter of Twelve Days of Christmas, Incorporated. I am proud to serve as the president of this dynamic chapter of women, who are not only committed to serving the community, but pioneers in their own respective fields and industries. It is an honor to work amongst such selfless, hard-working, successful and fun women.

The NYC Chapter serves children across all 5 boroughs of the city, most of whom are either living below the poverty line, in shelters or under some extenuating circumstance. Our goal is to help relieve the financial (and emotional) toll of major milestones, like Christmas and Back to School, for families who need it most. I am proud of the work that we are doing as a chapter, and even more proud of the way that we do it. I love that our organization is fully embedded in the end-to-end philanthropic journey:  we raise money, purchase gifts, wrap the gifts that we purchase and deliver them to our chosen families. It's a hands-on, full-circle operation. 

Since our chapter’s inception, we’ve raised thousands of dollars, enabling us to serve countless families annually… and we’re not done yet. As we celebrate our own personal milestone of 15 years, we aim to increase our impact throughout the city, serving more children this year than ever before. 


Lastly, it goes without saying that our work is powered by the generosity of our donors. Thank you for your continued support year over year! If you are new to our organization, please consider making a donation to the NYC chapter so that we can continue to fulfill the purpose-driven mission of this great organization. Likewise, we’re always seeking more dynamic women to join our chapter in service to our community. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out to us

Yvonne Hyde-Carter



President: Yvonne Hyde-Carter

Vice President: Lauren Reynolds
Treasurer: Ruth Cenat

Parliamentarian: Tashay Pratt

Secretary: Ryann Starks


Committee Chairs

Venues: Dominique Witter

Family Co-Chairs: Brittney Sealy

Literacy: Onika L. Williams


Desiree Francis

Madison Moreland

Marley Ford

Nikki Hardison

Zai Gilles



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Cynthia Moreland

Yvonne Hyde-Carter & Douglas Brewster

Onika L. Williams​

Morr Njie

Patrice James

The Jesse Owens II Empowerment Fund

Anonymous Donor


Dr. Jennifer McLeod

Matthew Sarpong

Nicole Brooks

Nikki Hardison

Ruth Cenat

Lauren Reynolds

Yvette Highsmith Francis

Knox Brand Media

Paris Jackon



The Jesse Owens II Empowerment Fund

Ryan Kunzman and Sanum Sheikh 

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Kelley Hershman

Naviera Hawkins

Salvatore Guerriero

Brittany Okafor

Charnae Supplee

Christianne & Company Corporation 

Dr. Jennifer McLeod

Joel Henry

Ruth Cenat

Yvonne Hyde-Carter*

Knox Brand Media*

Sixth Street Wellness*

Almeta Brown*

Endless Spiritual*



David Lowy

Ryan Kunzmann

Brian King

Bryana Perea

Jesse Owens

Lael Chappell

Nicole Cober

Spa Boutique & Wellness

Green Kristle

Morgan Williams

Phillip McLeod

Ruth Cenat

Stephanie McLeod

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