The 8th Annual Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus Elf Ride launched on Sunday, Dec. 18 in Amityville.
More than 750 volunteer elves and Santas riding on over 40 buses delivered giant bags filled with holiday wishes right to the homes of over 1,000 kids coping with life-threatening illnesses all over Long Island and New York City.
Gifts are delivered not only to the child who is sick but to the siblings as well. The parents, guardians, and caregivers do not have to pay a penny for the holidays.
This event and all the Kids Need More camps and programs are provided free of charge thanks to wonderful folks who donate and volunteer their time to help and the generous support of businesses who sponsor.
The Kids Need More Holiday Cheer Bus Elf Ride began in 2015 with only two school buses and has grown to over 40 school buses coaches, shuttles, and party buses.
Along the way to delivering to the kids, cheering elf teams compete in silly challenges to win the prestigious Holiday Cup of Cheer which is a huge trophy much like the Stanley Cup of the North Pole. Last year’s champions, The Nog Chugging Cheer Mongers have some stiff competition from some determined up-and-coming elf teams.
Will they be the first team to be repeat champions or will Sleigh All the Way, The Holiday Hustlers, or some other team take the cup? The points are still being tabulated and the winner will be announced at the Holiday Cheer Bus Awards event on Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m. at The American Legion Post 1120 in Lindenhurst.