2006-01-06 / Community

Gift Drive For Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

The Winter Wonderland 2005 Gift Drive and Holiday Party, held at the Radisson Hotel in Queens on December 20, helped bring holiday cheer to displaced Hurricane Katrina victims that have been living in the metropolitan area.

“Hurricane Katrina survivors have lived in hotels throughout New York City for four months now. Being displaced from home, especially at this time of the year, has to be difficult. The people of New York have shown time and again their desire to help those in need. This year’s Winter Wonderland was truly a moving experience,” said Senator Malcolm A. Smith.

The Queens lawmaker, along with his colleagues in Queens, which include Congressman Meeks, Assemblywoman Clark, Councilman Comrie, and Councilman Sanders, as well as local clergy, have taken an active role to ensure that federal government and funding from the American Red Cross for Katrina refugees be distributed equally and fairly.

Joining Senator Smith in staging the Winter Wonderland party were his colleagues, Senators Ruben Diaz and John Sabini; the Radisson Relief Team; the Greater Allen Cathedral and Youth Ministry; the Queens District Attorney’s office; Queens Hospital of New York; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; and many other organizations that made the event possible.

“I am hopeful that the survivors of Hurricane Katrina will one day return to rebuild their lives in the Gulf Coast. However, for as long as they are here, I speak with great confidence when I say that we will continue to make them feel like our city is their second home,” Senator Smith concluded.

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