Mount Sinai, NY - December 9, 2016 - The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club at Mount Sinai High School partnered with Holiday Magic to bring holiday cheer to local families in need. On Wednesday, December 8th, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker joined the SADD Club for the Holiday Magic Dinner where club members presented holiday gifts to less fortunate children and families.
The SADD club, led by teacher advisors John McHugh and John Wilson, has participated in Holiday Magic for the past 14 years. This year, the club raised $8,000 at the Annual Turkey Trot held in November and Optimum Community, as part of their Charity Champions program, also contributed $1,250, which brought the school’s donation total to $9,250 for Holiday Magic. Students used their fundraising money and wish lists provided by the Holiday Magic organization to buy gifts for local families.
“I would like to thank all the students involved in the SADD Club and Holiday Magic for their altruism and dedication to others. It very easy to lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I commend the Mt. Sinai SADD Club members who are true role models for thinking of their neighbors in need and for lending a helping hand,” said Legislator Anker.
Holiday Magic is a not-for-profit organization founded by Charlie Russo in 1990. The goal of the organization is to provide holiday generosity and spirit to the less fortunate on Long Island. Mr. Russo attended the dinner to thank the students and encourage continued philanthropic efforts by the school. This year, Holiday Magic will help over 11,000 children across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For more information about Holiday Magic, please visit here.