Dec. 19, 2013 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 a group called LIC Eateries (formerly known as the LIC Restaurant Association), aim to distribute presents to 157 children living in Long Island City shelters. The children range in age from 4 months to 18 years.
The group has created a list that contains each child’s age, shoe size, clothing size, favorite color, and interests. Some of the children have written notes outlining what they would like.
The list has been split among eight participating establishments. Each restaurant has hung up paper ornaments, which contain all the details of each particular child.
The restaurants are hoping that their customers will look at the ornaments and buy Christmas gifts for a given child.
The restaurants will reward those customers who drop off wrapped presents before Dec. 22 by offering a free entree. If they drop them off on December 23—the date of the deadline– they will be offered a complimentary drink.
The restaurants involved in the event are Woodbines, Masso, Rustica, Alewife, Alobar, Sage General Store, Tournesol, and The Creek and the Cave.
Rebecca Trent, the owner of The Creek and the Cave, finds the event “intensely heartwarming.”
She said that one of the children– who sought shoes– wrote a particularly moving note .
“My favorite color is green but please make them black so my brother can grow into them,” the note read.