Little North Pole Brings Joy To Recovering Rockaway
Superstorm Sandy threatened a Rockaway tradition but Joe Mure decided “Sandy Can’t Stop Santa” and decided to host the annual Little North Pole event in front of his Neponsit home on Sunday, December 23 as he has done for 19 years. Although the event has usually raised money for Juvenile Diabetes, this year’s event was devoted to the victims of the storm which devastated so much of the area.
“Many people were taken away from their homes,” said Mure. “Most children were taken out of their schools. And we’re here tonight for one reason to tell the children that we’re here together. That Rockaway is here together. That our friends are here together and together we will survive.”
Although the event was a slightly scaled down version of previous North Poles, there was an added touch as the home was adorned with 26 newly planted trees stringed with lights in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
All the monies raised during the evening went to the Kiwanis of Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge for Sandy Relief in Rockaway. The Kiwanis also donated the trees that were lit.