Applebee’s Offers Holiday Cheer For Underprivileged Kids

Christmas Tree IconLINDEN – For the third consecutive year, Santa Claus found time in his busy holiday schedule to stop at Applebee’s Restaurant to have breakfast with underprivileged children. Approximately 65 children, ages 3 to 4 from The Leaguers, Inc. of Elizabeth took part in the holiday event on Dec. 11.

Santa Claus arrived by helicopter, courtesy of Liberty Helicopter, and was escorted to the restaurant by Linden Fire Department Engine #4. Linden police provided traffic safety in the area. Thanks to sponsors Conoco Phillips, Infineum, Dependable Auto Shippers, Linden PBA Local 42, Linden Superior Officer Association, Gilbert Express, Pathmark of Linden and Wal-Mart of Linden, Santa was able to hand out early Christmas gifts to all the children.

Carolers from Soehl Middle School provided some holiday entertainment, and the children enjoyed face painting and holiday crafts.


Enjoying the festivities, from left to right are Applebee’s Area Director Wayne Kaiser, Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka, event chairwoman Rose Vazquez, and Linden Applebees General Manager Derek Nittoli. Also on hand to help were  Vice President David DiBartollo,  managers Anthony Oshinski and Noelea Maldonado, Police Chief Michael Boyle and Fire Chief Joseph Rizzo. with and representatives from Conoco Phillips-Bayway Refinery, Infineum, Dependable Auto Shippers, Merck  & Co., Inc.


One of the young guests at Applebee’s breakfast with Santa shows off his holiday face art. 


Santa distributed gifts to youngsters at Applebee’s annual holiday breakfast.


Almost Perfect—Applebee’s waitress and sometimes elf Jessica Kergis, 19, of Rahway, helps children from The Leaguers preschool program create Christmas decorations during a breakfast party that was attended by Santa Claus last week at the restaurant in Linden. More than 80 underprivileged children from Roselle, Linden and Elizabeth shared a holiday meal, received gifts and were treated to music of the season provided by students from Linden’s Soehl Middle School.


Sounds Of The Season—Clockwise from left, Brittany Cureton, 13, Marta Sliwa, 14, Florencia Barcelo, 13, and Ashley Molina, 12, were among the select students from Linden’s Soehl Middle School who provided holiday music to underprivileged children during a breakfast party last week. More than 80 area students who attend The Leaguers preschool program at St. Luke’s Church in Elizabeth were treated to a breakfast party attended by Santa Claus at Applebee’s restaurant in Linden. The three- and four-year-old children also received gifts and created Christmas decorations during the event.

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