Several members of the Kiwanis Queens West Division went to the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan on Dec. 21 to distribute food and bring Santa Claus to give out toys and gift cards to the families and children residing there.
Two dozen members led by New York District Governor Joe Aiello, and Lt. Governor Stephen Sirgiovanni brought enough food to feed over 100 families and Santa gave many toys and gift cards to all the children. The leftover toys were to be distributed to the children on Christmas Day.
Sirgiovanni recently visited the Ronald McDonald House and was moved by the families and children living there while the children receive medical treatments. He mobilized the clubs and members of the division to collect toys, gift cards and sufficient food to feed everyone. The response by the clubs and local merchants was overwhelming.
The Queens West Division would like to express its gratitude to all the merchants and clubs who participated in this project. The vendors who participated were: Russo’s on the Bay, Lenny’s Pizza and Restaurant, Ragtime, Lenny’s Clam Bar, Bagel CafÈ, Ciro’s of Rockaway, Pasticceria La Torre, Empire Buffet and Dazie’s Restaurant of Sunnyside.
Thanks go to the Kueber Realty in Glendale for collecting most of the donated toys. Special thanks to Mark Weidler and Lisa LiCausi of the Queens Chronicle for providing toys and helping make this a successful event. The following clubs provided members and support: Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Astoria/Long Island City, Corona/East Elmhurst, Glendale, LaGuardia, Lefferts Liberty, Maspeth, Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside and Woodside. Thanks to the Kiwanis Queens West Foundation for donating a bus to transport some of the members from Queens into Manhattan and back.