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Image source: NYDN

The beginning of the 2012 holiday season in the Rockaways was vastly different, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Thanksgiving dinner for many consisted of donated meals, distributed by Governor Cuomo, the National Guard, and volunteers. According to NY1, thousands of meals were given to displaced residents throughout NYC, including the Rockaways:

Almost 4,000 donated meals went to residents and first responders in Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Many of the items were donated by big-box stores, including Costco, ShopRite and Walmart. Each distributed box included a turkey, two cans of vegetables, one can of cranberry sauce, one can of gravy, one box of stuffing and a loaf of bread.

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Holiday Season Kickoff with Snowflake Lighting – Enjoy face painting and balloon twisting and do not forget to stop by the holiday arts and crafts station. Don’t forget to bring a camera and get a photo with Santa at Macy’s (GMAP).

Also, watch as the sky turns into a kaleidoscope of beauty, lighting the Macy’s Snowflake and marking the official start of the holiday season!

Holiday Season Kickoff
Macy’s Flushing, 136-50 Roosevelt Avenue
Monday, November 19  |   FREE