Every December, more than 4,000 children with physical and mental disabilities receive the red-carpet treatment at a holiday event hosted in their honor. This event, known as Operation Santa Claus, is hosted by Community Mayors, a New York City-based charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the life of children with disabilities.
The MDRT Foundation awarded a USD 2,500 Quality of Life grant to Community Mayors in honor of the volunteerism of Stephen G. Sultan, a 12-year MDRT member from North Woodmere, New York. Sultan has volunteered with Community Mayors for more than nine years, and his volunteer efforts include fundraising and coordination of special events for the children.
“Sultan’s participation has had an enormous impact on our organization … I can always count on him to get the job done,” explained Shelly Della Rocca Aprea, President and CEO of Community Mayors. “He represents the finer side of the human spirit and the true heart of a volunteer.” Community Mayors has been serving children with disabilities since 1957. Special events such as Operation Santa Claus, trips to museums, zoos and camping events provide recreational therapy for more than 60,000 children with disabilities in the New York area.