Sunday, February 12, 2017 was the day we have been waiting and working for! This was the day that Syrianna and her family would see their new home for the first time.
The Flyers Wives, players, and staff, along with Michael's Way, Fastrack Construction, and the local community gathered together early Sunday afternoon outside the family's home in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia. Even with the steady rain, there was no shortage of energy or emotion as we all helped welcome Syrianna and her family HOME!
As Michael's Way and Fastrack Construction helped set-up tents and tables, the DJ started playing music, Chickie's & Pete's and ACME provided the food, neighbors started gathering from near and far, and kids and parents alike played street hockey as we waited for Syrianna and her family to arrive home. Paul Holmgren, Joe Mullen and Erin Read all jumped in for some street hockey with the kids! Flyers players, wives and staff joined the fun, signed autographs and took pictures with fans! Flyers giveaways, hats and goodie bags were provided to the community, as well, as we all waited for home reveal.
As Syrianna and her family arrived at the house, they were greeted with love and support from the entire community. Doreen Holmgren, wife of Flyers President Paul Holmgren, spoke on behalf of Flyers Charities, and Chris McElwee spoke on behalf of Michael's Way and Fastrack Construction. The family was overjoyed by their welcome and so very thankful for the support they have received throughout this journey.
After the ceremonial orange ribbon was cut, the family walked into their new home for the first time. From the new main floorplan with new appliances, to the new furniture provided by Bob's Discount Furniture, to personal family photos accenting the newly painted walls, the family was in awe of the transformation and couldn't help but smile through happy tears.
As Michelle carried Syrianna into the living room, she said, '"I tell myself no matter where life leads you, be ready to get up and go because the hard times only last for a short time, but happiness is forever and this is our happiness."
On behalf of Michael's Way, Fastrack Construction, Flyers Charities, the players, their wives and the entire Flyers organization, we thank each and every person, company and organization who helped make this new home possible for Syrianna and her family!
Look back on the various stages of our Building Hope For Kids project:
BLOG 1: Background on Syrianna | BLOG 2: Furniture Installed | Press Release | More Information