2007-12-21 / Community

SJEH And Arverne Library Celebrate Christmas

This little boy gets to sit on Santa's lap before receiving a Christmas gift at SJEH's party. This little boy gets to sit on Santa's lap before receiving a Christmas gift at SJEH's party. St. John's Episcopal Hospital and the Arverne Library got into the spirit of the season as each played host to area youngsters this month at separate Children's Christmas Parties.

On December 13, nearly 500 people packed the lobby of St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, as Santa Claus gave away 300 toys, which were donated by Healthfirst and the Fire Department of New York.

At the Arverne Library, on December 17, entertainment and food preceded the distribution of gifts. Presents for the library party were donated by Russo's on the Bay, Senator Malcolm Smith's office, JMB Nursing Services and the Queens Library.

Hospital staff members sing Christmas songs and give out treats during the party. Hospital staff members sing Christmas songs and give out treats during the party. Library staff members join in the fun, performing Donny Hathaway's "A Very Special Christmas." Library staff members join in the fun, performing Donny Hathaway's "A Very Special Christmas." Sparky, the mascot for the New York Islanders, and hospital CEO John Gupta pose for a photo with Santa Claus and two of the children who attended the party. Sparky, the mascot for the New York Islanders, and hospital CEO John Gupta pose for a photo with Santa Claus and two of the children who attended the party. Youngsters from the Youth Empowerment and Boost Programs entertain by singing such holiday songs as "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Feliz Navidad" during the Arverne Library's Children's Christmas Party on December 17. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Youngsters from the Youth Empowerment and Boost Programs entertain by singing such holiday songs as "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Feliz Navidad" during the Arverne Library's Children's Christmas Party on December 17. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Prior to the presents being handed out at the Arverne Library, Santa Claus smiles for the camera, along with local children and teens. Prior to the presents being handed out at the Arverne Library, Santa Claus smiles for the camera, along with local children and teens.

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