2017-12-13 / Front Page

Joy To The Kids At St. Mary’s


The kids at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside were treated to a lovely holiday party by Council Member Paul Vallone and his Student Ambassadors on December 9. The children were so excited to receive toys, great food donated The kids at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside were treated to a lovely holiday party by Council Member Paul Vallone and his Student Ambassadors on December 9. The children were so excited to receive toys, great food donated On Saturday, Council Member Paul Vallone joined his Student Ambassadors at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside to help set up a holiday party for all the kids at the hospital. They brought food donated by Tony’s Beechhurst Deli for all the kids and staff and spent an afternoon interacting with the kids and helping to distribute toys to everyone!

“If there was any event that embodied the true spirit and meaning of Christmas, it was this one,” Council Member Vallone said. “Each year, this event is very special because our very own high school Student Ambassadors help to organize and set up the event and are given a first-hand view of the incredible work done by St. Mary’s. The Ambassadors represent the four high schools within our district: Bayside High School, World Journalism Preparatory School, Holy Cross High School and St. Agnes Academic High School. As we exchanged and distributed the food and toys, the children, staff, doctors, volunteers and families were all sharing smiles, stories and laughter and we just knew this was a very special moment we would all remember.”


Council Member Paul Vallone’s Student Ambassadors who helped give a party at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside. Council Member Paul Vallone’s Student Ambassadors who helped give a party at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside. Dr. Edwin Simpser, President and CEO of St. Mary’s, thanked Vallone’s Student Ambassadors for the effort. “St. Mary’s kids are facing complex medical challenges and I know that their efforts will put a smile on each child’s face and bring some holiday cheer,” he said.

“Today, I realized how special a children’s hospital really is. For a few hours, I forgot how scary a hospital can be. Everyone, regardless of whether they knew each other or not, came together and hosted a lovely party,” said Allya Shon, Student Ambassador from Bayside High School. “The children’s faces lit up as they saw the piles of presents, the arts and crafts booths, and the volunteers, who were enjoying the event as well. Everyone was having a great time and I am fortunate to have been a part of this wonderful cause.”

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