NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Santa arrived early for dozens of children in Manhattan on Saturday.Upper Manhattan Blood Drive Aims To Address Local Shortage
They enjoyed face-painting and arts and crafts, along with some music and good food.
NYPD officers and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea attended the festivities, helping children playing carnival games.READ MORE: Violent Week In The Bronx Continues As Cab Driver Stabbed, Convenience Store Worker Robbed And Stabbed
“They do sports events with our kids. They come to our centers and they give talks about careers, about safety, you know, awareness about different topics, you know, how to stay out of trouble and how to be a good citizen,” one person said.
Children also took home gifts and some fun memories to last them a long time.MORE NEWS: 'SNL' Comics Colin Jost, Pete Davidson Buy Staten Island Ferry Boat
Last year’s event was canceled because of the pandemic.