Queens Library Hosts Holiday Parties, Gifting In Rockaways
Queens Library partnered with generous donors to host gala holiday gatherings in the Rockaways featuring gift giveaways for children and teens at four libraries. Admission was free. Simultaneous events were held at the Mobile Library outside the damaged Queens Library at Peninsula, libraries at Far Rockaway and Arverne and the Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway. Events included refreshments, entertainment and special guests who helped distribute the gifts. Mr. Met added to the fun in Far Rockaway. Santa made a jolly appearance as well. Several thousand gifts were distributed. Donors included Councilmember James Sanders Jr.; NYPD Patrol Borough South; the staff of the New York Community Trust; Hot97 Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation; American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale and National Grid. Many gifts were donated by the public to the libraries which serve communities hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. “Nothing is so heartbreaking or gut wrenching as a child who has nothing at the holiday season,” said Sanders. “I’d like to thank the Queens Library and the Mets Organization for bringing the world famous Mr. Met to Far Rockaway to brighten up the holiday season for some of our youngest and most vulnerable constituents.” Thomas W. Galante, Queens Library’s president and CEO said, “Queens Library is so happy to bring this holiday cheer on behalf of our donors and community partners. We are especially grateful to Chief Secreto and NYPD Patrol Borough South who have been there for the library and the community throughout the crisis, as well as Councilmember Sanders, the staff of New York Community Trust and so many other supporters. We made a lot of young people smile today.”
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