Over 300 people affected by Hurricane Sandy in Babylon were able to enjoy a nice holiday party on December 21st at the First Presbyterian Church of Babylon.
Babylon Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a local group helping those affected by the October hurricane, held the holiday party on Friday, with many turning out to the celebration.
Santa Claus, along with his trusted reindeer Rudolph and a beautiful elf, showed up to help hand out toys while teddy bears, Hess trucks and coloring books were distributed by a local scout troop and volunteers.
Over $6,000 in free raffles were distributed to Hurricane Sandy survivors, according to Dr. Beverly Boyardsky.
"Thank you to all the Neighbors Helping Neighbors-Babylon volunteers and to everyone who purchased a gift or baked cookies to support our efforts," she wrote to Patch. "It was an amazing experience to help others have a happy holiday, and to work with an incredible team of volunteers."
In addition to the gifts and wonderful guests, the party included a performance by Darlene Graham, music by a West Babylon band playing Christmas Carols, a flash mob and a great spread of sweet treats.