At left: At St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Santa's helpers included (starting from upper left to right): Nathalie Nelson, Pastoral Care; Josephine Perez, HealthSense Literacy Project; Santa; Alana Dennis, volunteer; Mary LaPera, Managed Care; Averie Baynes, Risk Management; and Riccardo Rivera. St. John's Episcopal Hospital held a holiday party for children on Thursday, December 11, 2008, in the lobby, which was attended by more than 460 people. Santa visited with the children and gave out toys. Cookies and jelly doughnuts were also given out.
Toys were generously donated by the staff of St. John's Episcopal Hospital, St. John's Community Advisory Board, John Theissen Foundation, Jay Levy, Trinity St. John's Church, Max's Pizzeria and many others.
Thanks to the New York Islanders, their mascot Sparky also came, cheering up everyone.
|Two-year-old triplets Kayisis, Keyesses and Trusaun Smith visited with Santa. Sebastian Ruiz, four years old, and his sister Mariana, three years old, grinned over the toys Santa gave them at the Children's Holiday Party at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Santa held seven-month-old Jah'izarre Roundtree on his knee. Seven-year-old Jadah Duroseau got along well with Sparky, the mascot of the New York Islanders at the Children's Holiday Party held on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Santa chatted with five-year-old Anthony Avent and two-year-old Elijah Garcia. |