2021 Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Kids Need More, a Long Island nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families, and young adults coping with cancer and life threatening illnesses, held its 7th Annual HoLiDAY CHEER BUS Elf Ride on Dec. 19.

For the seventh year in a row, the event’s 40 buses stocked with toy-delivering elves drove directly to homes across Long Island to make wishes come true for more than 250 children coping with cancer and serious illness.  

“We started this event with just one bus seven years ago and are thrilled to see it grow year after year. We know 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.”

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Chris Sweeney and the sponsors for the 2021 Kids Need More Cheer Bus. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Suffolk County Legislature Kevin, Melissa Firmes-Ray, Johnny Ray, McCaffery, Lori Novelo, Jeannine Spencer (t) Mitch Kraeling, and Eddie Orihuela. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Peter Buccino, Johnny Ray, and Melissa Firmes-Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Guy Schaefer and Al Littman from Costello’s Ace Hardware Copiague. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Peter Buccino, Albert Dechiaro, Guy Schaefer, Dianne Gargullo, and Rosanne Brostowski. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The Polar Express – winners of the 2020 Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Julianne Lutz, Steven Lutz, Josephine Lutz, and Larry Lutz. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Bulldog Blitzen. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Bulldog Blitzen with the Lutz family. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The Jingle Belles. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Keith Bendetti, Robyn Bendetti, Joy Chiofolo, and Chris Sweeney. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Scott Gillis and Eric Koppleman. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Thomas Harlacher. (Photo by Ed Shin)
2021 Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus. (Photo by Ed Shin)
2021 Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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