2012-12-19 / Features

NYHQ’s FreeMAT Collects Gifts For Military Children

This holiday season the Freedom Medical Aid Team (FreeMAT) of New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) in Flushing, gathered hundreds of holiday toys to distribute to children of deployed military personnel. Representatives from the U.S. Army visited NYHQ on December 14 to receive the toys in a presentation from NYHQ President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen S. Mills, City Comptroller John Liu and other elected officials.

The presentation concluded with U.S. Army representatives, NYHQ administration and elected officials loading toys into an NYHQ ambulance for delivery.

Since 2002, FreeMAT has been actively involved in collecting toy donations for the children of deployed U.S. Armed Forces personnel stationed at the Fort Totten Army Reserve Base in Bayside and other reserve bases in the region. The toys will be distributed to children at several holiday parties in December.

This year, FreeMAT partnered with City Comptroller John Liu, local schools, Community Board 7, state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Tony Avella, Congressmember-Elect Grace Meng, Assemblymembers Rory Lancman and Edward Braunstein, Councilmembers Peter Koo and Dan Halloran, and the Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club to gather donations.

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