2010-12-24 / Community

Rockaway Jetty Continues ‘Operation Santa’

Rockaway Jetty board members (left to right): Andy McCracken, John J. Melero, Jonathan O’Leary Jr., Jeremy McMilleon and Leo Vazquez. Supporting members of the group not pictured: Ed Burns, Mike Coogan, Terry Flynn, John Glynn, Matt Harris, Bob Leckie, Nick Mauro, Jason McMilleon and Jonathan O’Leary Sr. Rockaway Jetty board members (left to right): Andy McCracken, John J. Melero, Jonathan O’Leary Jr., Jeremy McMilleon and Leo Vazquez. Supporting members of the group not pictured: Ed Burns, Mike Coogan, Terry Flynn, John Glynn, Matt Harris, Bob Leckie, Nick Mauro, Jason McMilleon and Jonathan O’Leary Sr. The Rockaway Jetty volunteers delivered again this Christmas. In November, they began reaching out to families in Rockaway, wanting to hear about the children’s holiday wishes. Heartfelt letters were written and mailed to Santa’s Rockaway post office box, maintained secretly each year by “elves” of the Jetty group. “Operation Santa” was in motion.

On Saturday, December 18, Santa arrived and delivered hundreds of gifts at an over-the-top party for the families at the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach, complete with carnival-style popcorn and cotton candy machines, a visit from Nick the Balloon-a-tic, and a buffet catered by Russo’s On the Bay. Photos by Vivian Rattay Carter.


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