Hempstead Town Welcomes Holiday Season With Tree Lighting
Welcomes Holiday Season With Tree Lighting
With help from friends like Santa Claus and local children,
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the town board
lit the Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kwanzaa Kinara during a holiday
celebration at Hempstead Town Hall on December 9th.
In addition to the holiday lighting, there was a visit from Santa
atop an antique fire engine and entertainment provided by the Jackson
Main Elementary School chorus and the Freeport Christian Academy.
During the evening's festivities, town residents and employees had the
opportunity to donate toys for the Salvation Army and food for a
donation drive hosted by the Town Hall Kiwanis Club. Many who joined
in the celebration also bought "Beanie Baby" dolls to benefit the
March of Dimes.
"I want to thank the town's CSEA Local 880 for again sponsoring the
toy collection in concert with the Salvation Army," Murray said. "I am
always inspired by the generosity of our community in helping to make
the toy drive a true success."
The town's collection drive accounts for many of the toys that the
local Salvation Army distributes to disadvantaged families to ensure
that children in need have toys under the tree during the holiday
While demonstrating the spirit of the season through donations,
families in attendance also sang festive carols along with the choirs
as they cheerfully welcomed the holiday season to Hempstead Town.
"The lighting of the town Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kwanzaa
Kinara is a celebrated tradition," Murray concluded. "I would like to
wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday season."