Dec. 19, 2014 By Christian Murray
Several Long Island City restaurants are trying to bring the community together by collecting presents for needy children this Christmas.
The restaurants, which are part of the group LIC Eats, aim to distribute presents to 64 children living in a temporary Long Island City shelter. The children range in age from 6 months to 18 years.
Six establishments are participating and they are looking for community support to help get those presents. The restaurants are: The Creek and The Cave, Alobar, Woodbines, Manducatis Rustica, Sage General Store and Alewife.
Each restaurant has hung up about 10 paper ornaments, with each ornament containing details of each particular child, such as his/her age, gender, shoe size, clothing size, hobbies, favorite color and favorite TV show.
The restaurants are hoping that their customers will take an ornament and buy a gift for a given child.
Some of the restaurants will be offering rewards to those customers who pledge to drop off unwrapped presents by Sunday, Dec. 21. For instance, Jeff Blath the owner of Alobar, said he is offering a free entree.
The presents will be wrapped at The Creek and The Cave and will be delivered to the children on Christmas Eve.