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6th Annual Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus Santas. (Photo by Ed Shin)

On Sunday, Dec. 20, Kids Need More hosted its 6th Annual HoLiDAY CHEER BUS ELF RiDE. Buses stocked with toy-delivering elves drove to homes all over Long Island to make wishes come true for more than 400 families coping with cancer and serious illness.

“We started this event knowing that all parents feel the pressure to make the season magical for their children, but when families are stressed with medical visits, painful treatments, and financial burdens, taking part in holiday festivities can be overwhelming,’ said Melissa Firmes, president of Kids Need More. “We wanted to make the experience not only wonderful for the children, but also as a gift to the entire family, and a way for everyone to enjoy the holiday together.”

Kids Need More is a Long Island nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families, and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit kidsneedmore.org.

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Melissa Firmes-Ray, founder and president of Kids Need More, was honored. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffery & Melissa Firmes-Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Bus elf volunteer, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffery, and Jeanine Spencer, of the Spencer Foundation and partner/sponsor of the Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Bus #18 Santa (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Brian Fielding’s Bulldog Blitzen Bus #9. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Bus Elves. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Bus Elves. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Bus Elves. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Brian Fielding’s Bulldog Blitzen Bus #9 elves singing songs and delivering toys to children across Long Island. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Holiday Cheer Bus Elves. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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