2017-12-20 / Front Page

The Season For Giving

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Hundreds of toys of all kinds were collected for the annual St. Michael’s Cemetery Holiday Toy Drive. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Hundreds of toys of all kinds were collected for the annual St. Michael’s Cemetery Holiday Toy Drive. Photo Jason D. Antos St. Michael’s Cemetery hosted its annual holiday toy drive where a stockpile of toys of all kinds were donated and put on display at the cemetery’s All Souls Chapel on December 16 for less fortunate children.

Council Member Costa Constantinides joined the event and contributed to the cause. Constantinides also helped arrange with St. Michael’s to bring the toys to Urban Upbound. The toys will then be combined with the organization’s toy drive this Thursday.

Woodside resident Geraldine Williams made an appearance as she does every year. Williams, sets aside a portion of her Social Security money to purchase toys for the Toys for Tots program.

“It’s amazing how the Queens community always responds to the needs of children,” said Ed Horn, Director of Community Relations, St. Michael’s Cemetery. “St. Michael’s is here to support children in need.”


Joining the festivities were St. Michael’s Cemetery Director of Community Relations Ed Horn, Council Member Costa Constantides, Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian, Geraldine Williams, Valerie Horn, Maria Kalliagas, and Kimberly- Ann Ragonese, with others. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Joining the festivities were St. Michael’s Cemetery Director of Community Relations Ed Horn, Council Member Costa Constantides, Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian, Geraldine Williams, Valerie Horn, Maria Kalliagas, and Kimberly- Ann Ragonese, with others. Photo Jason D. Antos Those in attendance were treated to cookies and beverages and entertained with holiday music provided by Hank Johnson of Jazzbone Records, on piano.

In addition to the toys, several organizations made cash donations. The Astoria/Long Island City Kiwanis Club gave $200, Henry Gutterman representing the Knights of Pythias gave $250 and the Knickerbocker Triangle Association gave $500 for the annual toy drive.

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