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Anglers Collect Toys

The Glen Anglers Club held its annual Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 11. During this festive event, each member is asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to a child in need. As usual, the response was outstanding. This year’s recipient of the toys was St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Glen Cove. Unfortunately, Father Michael Ralph, who attended last year to accept the toys on behalf of his parish and give a heartwarming sermon, was unable to attend. However, his words are worth repeating.


Last year, Father Michael spoke about the virtues of giving, especially during the holiday season.  He emphasized that no gift is ever too small. He assured all in attendance last year that he was going to try his best to make sure that those donations made their way to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. 


Most notably, he mentioned that the worse place to be during Christmas is in a hospital bed, as he recounted personal memories of his childhood. He also assured us that some toys would find their way to hospitalized children.


Fittingly, this year’s donation was delivered to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, in Far Rockaway,  by St. Paul’s.  Employees at St. John’s began this initiative five years ago to help needy families. Each year the number of children brought to the event grows. Last year toys were given to more than 600 children at the party, nearly 100 children of staff affected by Super Storm Sandy and children admitted to the hospital and emergency room during the holidays. Indeed, a crowning achievement.


Commodore Tom Manzione likes to thank the membership for their efforts and in distributing turkeys during Thanksgiving to the Glen Cove Youth Board and Senior Center. He also wishes to congratulate Daniel Telese for being selected by Glen Cove High School as the winner of GC Anglers Club Student Scholarship Award and wishes him good luck as he seeks a maritime engineering degree at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx.


Manzione said, “I would like to extend a Merry Christmas, warm holiday wishes and a happy, healthy new year to all.”