By: Tracy Mignone

This is what’s it’s all about. The children, their smiles that for a time were taken away by Sandy but given back by Santa. This event would not have been possible without so many key people in place, starting w/ Val Jenter, a brave and beautiful soul who put every beat of her heart into this day. A very special thank you to The Shortstack Models ( and all of our volunteers including Joanna Ianniello (who spent her birthday bringing toys to these children) with Peter Stratis, NY Hope’s Doreen Zampaglione who bought and distrubuted $2000.00+ worth of toys (even though she had 101 fever), Mary Desiree Diaz for her awesome performance, Joe Joseph Gandolfo for just being an all around good guy and pitching in everywhere, Susan McGuire and her beautiful family for doing the same, and ofcourse Hal Eisenberg for never sleeping last night so we could have music. This day truly would not have been as succesful without Jeff Guthmiller from Travelex Insurance and all the LI Travel Agents who generously donated so much to make this event possible. Awesome things happen when awesome people work together. Merry Christmas to all.


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