Thanks for making the 2nd Annual Reindeer Games a hit

To the Editor:

How lucky am I to get “paid” in smiles and hugs? I love my community so much I cannot put it in words. For two years now, the following all gave and were so happy to give.
Which leads me to my appreciation and love for CitySports Arena – Chris and Heather Hayes Piechocki and Jake, Victor and Jussara Pesantez; you not only invite us into your welcoming, homey business for this event but also during the year for special needs bounce. Thank you so much for all of the support. And your staff is beyond sweet and helpful. For having your two travel soccer teams volunteer and for everything, thank you.
For Nikki Perez, Occupational Therapist at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Bayonne; she takes her own time to voluntarily create an obstacle course that is fun, therapeutic and all-inclusive to each and every child. And they have no clue that it’s also helping them developmentally. Love you, Nikki and your gorgeous smile.
To Ken Kopacz for being an upstanding and amazing quiet donor of the presents the children adore for two years now.
Thank you to Mona Lisa Pizzeria; the pizzas were very much appreciated. So many pizzas donated for the second year in a row. Thank you, Perk Up Cafe for the water and juice refreshments. The ring pops were a hit too. (For me, your chai was delicious.)
To Carrissa Golomb at Reese’s Hair Pieces/Bayonne Home Town Fair Association for magically getting Peppa Pig, Marshall from Paw Patrol and Sponge Bob to visit.
Thank you to the CitySports Soccer teams: PCSC Fire FC and STRONG for volunteering and helping the children and their siblings.
Thank you to my volunteers: Caitlyn Perry, Natalya Grace, Jazlynn & Alyssa Gonzalez & Eliana Pronti. You all were huge help. You all are awesome.
Thank you to Mayor Jimmy Davis and Council Members Juan Perez, Tommy Cotter, Sal Gullace and Sharon Nadrowski for visiting with the children and showing your support.
Thank you to Santa Claus, you were super sweet to the children.
I want to say thank you to my husband, Michael DeMaria for always being there helping me organize and putting up with bags of crafts in our home.

ELISHA DeMARIA