Three cheers for Borough President Markowitz, Standing O’s helper, who led the holiday reindeer on a merry ride, delivering toys and books to more than 3,000 children from low-income housing and shelters throughout our little village, at the annual Christmas show at the Christian Cultural Center. Tiny tots with their hearts all aglow enjoyed a stage show, with performances by the Nubian Gents, the Feminine Fire, the Brooklyn Ballet, clown-about-town Rob Lok, and the be-all and end-all of holiday goodness, Chrissmissy the talking Christmas Tree. Even the Grinch shared the holiday love and helped dole out presents.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R—Bay Ridge) spread her own brand of Christmas cheer by delivering toys collected at her 2011 holiday toy drive to children at the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison, The Guild for Exceptional Children, and Lutheran Medical Center. Boy, is she one busy elf!
The teens at Bishop Ford HS proved that youth isn’t wasted on the young. The budding philanthropists collected, donated, wrapped and loaded lots of toys and goodies onto a big yellow school bus sleigh, and delivered them to Hour Children, a non-profit organization that cares for children of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. The students’ generosity provided holly jolly Christmas gifts just in time for the group’s annual holiday party. Hour Children provides supportive services to incarcerated women and their families, and a place to live for more than 300 mothers, who have successfully transitioned from prison to a new life. Standing O raises a glass of nog to all — and to all a good night!
Bishop Ford High School [500 19th St. between Prospect Park West and Tenth Avenue in Windsor Terrace, (718) 360-2500].
O come, all ye faithful
Stop the presses — senior Alisa Prude-Hunt is the winner of St. Saviour HS’s first-ever Christmas card contest! For her holiday card, the talented artist drew an image of a student —wearing her trademark burgundy uniform shirt — holding a candle. “The Christmas card that I designed was inspired by the unity I feel all year long here at St. Saviour High School, but particularly during the holiday season amongst my peers; the maroon shirt is what’s common amongst us all, and that’s why I chose to use it as the focal point of the card,” Alisa explained. Alisa’s drawing will appear on the school’s annual Christmas card. “We have never had a Christmas card like this, it’s most unique,” commented Christine Bove, director of development.
St. Saviour HS [588 Sixth St. between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 768-4406].
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From Standing O
Good wishes and tiddings Standing O brings
To all of the borough whose greatness she sings.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa.