‘Santa’ Bloomberg brings Christmas Cheer to seniors

‘Santa’ Bloomberg brings Christmas Cheer to seniors

Some of Brooklyn’s most venerable residents who gathered at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center Christmas morning shared their holiday with a very special guest: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ridgewood Bushwick’s annual Christmas meal is a tradition stretching back 38 years. Nearly 200 volunteers, some of whom arrived at the center at 5:30 a.m., prepared and served 2,500 meals for homebound seniors throughout North Brooklyn, including 450 seniors who ate a delicious meal of manicotti, salad and chocolate eclairs.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the mayor and the Commissioner of Aging, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli,” said Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg), who founded Ridgewood Bushwick (located at 319 Stanhope St.). “We want to thank you, Mayor Bloomberg, for being supportive. It’s a tradition.”

Though he did not bear gifts, Mayor Bloomberg thanked the seniors in attendance and wished them good health and a better year in 2010. He also promised to call his mother.

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