(HOLBROOK, NY) — Christmas arrived early this year at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital; New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith and Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay hosted their first Christmas in July event. The inaugural event was made possible by the Sachem, Connetquot, Bayport-Blue Point and Sayville Libraries as well as overwhelming community support. Community members donated new toys and books for the children at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, as well as self-care items for the families of long-term patients. Throughout the month of July the residents of the 5th Assembly District and the 8th District in the Suffolk County Legislature donated over four hundred items to be given to the children, including toys, games, books, dolls, puzzles, shampoo, soap, conditioner, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
“I would like to thank the amazing staff here at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital for making this event possible and I would like to recognize them for the incredible job that they do,” said Legislator Lindsay. “Their selfless efforts to assist children and their families overcome sometimes life threating medical conditions is heroic work. I had the privilege of meeting some patients and their family members today and I was truly humbled by their gratitude for this initiative and inspired by their positive outlook on life. I would also like to thank my colleague New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith for partnering with me in this inaugural event. Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the Sachem, Connetquot, Bayport-Blue Point and Sayville Libraries for sharing this initiative with their patrons and for hosting collection boxes at their respective locations.”
New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith reflected, “It is a great testament to our community that whenever there is someone in need, the people of our districts always join together to help one another. Each year Stony Brook Children’s Hospital collects truckloads of toys and games during the holiday season, but around this time of year their supply runs low. I want to thank everyone who donated to this collection for helping to put a smile on a child’s face.”
Joan Alpers, Director of Child Life Services at Stony Brook Children's Hospital said, “We are delighted to have Assemblyman Smith and Legislator Lindsay, as well as the members of their Suffolk County team visit our hospitalized young patients. The generous donation of toys will help our kids relax and play, while they rest and heal.”