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Santa brings holiday cheer

Dozens of union kids, like Salvatore Cadicamo, 4, were happy to see Santa during an early stop at DC 37.

Santa Claus made his first stop of the Christmas season at Union Headquarters Dec. 1 for DC 37’s annual Holiday Giving event.

The union’s Personal Services Unit and Municipal Employees Legal Services invited 250 families experiencing hardships to enjoy a little cheer during holidays.

The caring elves of the Retirees Association helped with serving hot food to the guests and guiding the children through aisles of toys – everything from board games to race cars and dolls – so they could pick one special gift to take home. Kids were also treated to fun with colorful balloon sculptures and a photo op with St. Nick himself, who sure does look a lot like Local 1320’s President Jim Tucciarelli.

“This event is so beautiful,” said Local 957 Retiree Mable Batten, who attended the event with her 6-year-old daughter. “Anything DC 37 puts together is so well done and delivered from the heart,” she said.

“My son was so excited to meet Santa!” said Local 2507 EMT Christina Liskowitz, who brought her 4-year-old son, Salvatore, to meet the big man from the North Pole.

“Coming together as a family during good times and bad is what this union is about,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido.

Holiday Giving would not be possible every year without the generous support and donations of several DC 37 locals and individuals. Donations — with checks or money orders payable to DC 37 Holiday Drive — may be sent to DC 37, attn. 5th floor Accounting, 125 Barclay St., New York, NY 10007. Donations can also be dropped off at the union from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.