The Jamaica Rotary Club is planning to drop off hundreds of toys and other goods to QCP during two events in December. On Dec. 7, Rotary Club members – including NYPD police officers from Queens South’s 102nd, 103rd and 113th precincts – will distribute socks and lunch boxes to over 160 adults at QCP’s Bellerose Center. Club members will join Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman at a holiday event on Dec. 21, handing out toys to children at QCP’s Children’s Center in Jamaica.
The Jamaica Rotary Club has distributed toys to more than 200 children at QCP’s Children’s Center for 16 consecutive years. All donated toys come from individual members of the Rotary Club and NYPD. Following the visit, QCP hosts a luncheon to thank all participants.
“The annual toy giveaway is truly a heartfelt event,” said QCP’s Director of Development Maryann McAleer.
In Addition to bringing toys and gifts during the Holidays, the Rotary sponsors an elaborate barbecue each year. Bellerose Day Habilitation and Residential Program participants were among more than 200 guests who enjoyed a June barbecue sponsored by the Jamaica Rotary Club under the veranda at QCP’s Bellerose campus. The beautiful day featured food cooked on the barbecue by New York City Police officers from Queens South’s 102nd, 103rd, and 113th precincts.
In addition to the great food, there was face painting, balloon artists and a deejay who got everyone dancing at what turned out to be a very festive event. Jamaica Rotary Club President Joe Iaboni distributed T-shirts to all QCP participants. Iaboni and his wife also prepared four trays of pasta, while local restaurants donated food and beverages for the event.