Santa and His Helpers Visit Patients at HackensackUMC
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, December 20, 2013, 04:19 PM EST
The group treated the children and their families to holiday carols and hugs. During the visit, they carried baskets filled with treats and goodies, including coloring books and crayons, which they distributed to pediatric patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and books of word games which they gave to geriatric patients in the elder care unit and candy to staff members. The group visits HackensackUMC several times a year to commemorate special occasions, including Christmas.
10-year-old Lucas Benatar receives a visit from a Christmas angel and Santa Claus along with his elves. Pictured from left to right: Lucas Benatar, Elizabeth, New Jersey; Cono Spinelli (elf), Mahwah; Valerie Costa (elf) River Edge; Lisa Freeman (elf), Upper Saddle River; Amanda Costa (elf) River Edge; Peter Vallas, (Santa Claus), Hackensack; and Ro Sorce (Christmas angel), Hackensack.