CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. – In an annual tradition that has been going on for 19 years, Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center wrapped more than 800 presents to make wishes come true for local children and their families during the holidays.
The presents will be donated to local social services agencies and delivered to families in need in time for the holidays.
Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, musical instruments and art supplies, boots, socks and tons of toys, clothing and other gifts were packaged from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday in the hospital’s lobby. Santa stopped by to supervise the work of the hospital elves.
“We wrapped about 800 gifts and they will all be distributed to families in our community,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital President John Federspiel. “This is a very exciting event for us. I thank everyone in our hospital family who worked so hard this year to raise the funds, shop for the gifts and wrap the presents to make a lot of children happy this holiday season.”
This year, the hospital spent $125 per child on 107 children. The Santa’s Helpers project is also delivering gifts to 57 families and one group home.
Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at the hospital, said she is always amazed at the outpouring from the community and the hospital staff each year.
For the second year, the Paramount Theater in Peekskill pledged to donate a percentage of ticket sales from its production of "The Nutrcracker," which was held on Saturday.
In addition to contributions from employees, physicians and the community, hospital employees held several fundraisers, including three days when employees paid $10 each to wear denim to work and a number of 50/50 raffles.
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