Weekly The Generation, Year 1, Issue 15
December 12, 2023
Santa and his NYPD elves embarked on a mission to spread holiday cheer to children with special needs on Staten Island Monday morning.
CBS New York says, Members of Highway Patrol 5 set out to make magic on this special day as they dashed to load up their sacks onto a police cruiser-turned-Santa’s sleigh. Sgt. Santa and his brigade of 12 motorcycles acting as their reindeer pulled into the Seton Foundation for Learning, a special education school, to greet kids who were smiling from ear to ear.
Gifts stacked with care – a joyous affair. Kids eager and bright – a heartwarming sight. This is the toy drive’s 11th year that touches not only the hearts of the students, but also the officers, it’s clear.
“It’s emotional for us, because we love to do this. We look forward to it. When that child looked into my eyes, jumped on me, give me a hug, I melted. Not a big tough guy now,” Sgt. James Gatto said.
“Working together like we do out there, it’s very emotional,” officer Marvantine Bazelais said. Officers say it’s not just about delivering toys to all the good little girls and boys, but brightening these family’s day by showing them they’re cherished in every way.
Source: CBS New York