While his dedicated reindeer and helpers remain home at the North Pole making final preparations, Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Hempstead Town Hall. Santa will join Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino and the Town of Hempstead family to celebrate the holiday season at the Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Plaza on Tuesday, December 8th at 4PM.
Without his reindeer in tow, Santa will enter in a classic 1951 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck provided by the Baldwin Fire Department. In addition to a visit from Santa, the festive ceremony also features a holiday musical performance by the students of Jackson Main Elementary School of Hempstead and the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, the Hanukkah Menorah and the Kwanzaa Kinara.
“It’s a wonderful time of year to reflect on our blessings and our families, while seeing the impressive amount of generosity that is all around us,” Murray said. “We’ll ring in the holidays with members of the Hempstead Town community, will celebrate the spirit of giving during this festive season,” Santino added.
Symbolizing the season of giving this year is CSEA Local 880, which has once again partnered with the Salvation Army to sponsor its annual Angel Tree donation drive in an effort to help the less fortunate during the holidays. Those attending the lighting ceremony will have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy toward the cause. They will be collecting toys in the town’s Department of Highways through December 14th.
“Thanks to the Angel Tree Toy program, thousands of toys have been collected, brightening the holidays for children,” Murray said. “I thank CSEA Local 880, the Salvation Army, and all of the generous people who have participated in this worthy cause and other charitable endeavors this holiday season.”