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The Alston Station Square community knows how to kick off the holiday season right.
This includes donating:
- Hundreds of presents to the Sachem Youth Association and Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce’s annual toy drive
- “Pounds and pounds” of non-perishables for a local food outreach program called Lighthouse Mission
- And raising $1,000 toward breast cancer awareness through a breast cancer walk hosted by the Alston.
The community celebrated these feats during a socially distant and virtually broadcasted tree lighting ceremony Thursday evening.
“I couldn’t be any prouder to be part of such an amazing place that I call home,” said Dorothy Stallone, the general manager at the Alston.
While Stallone said she was bummed that she couldn’t host a large holiday party, like last’s year, she still couldn’t have been more excited for the future.
“Though they couldn’t celebrate like they really wanted to, we hope today gives you some hope that everything is going to get better,” she said.
Following the ceremony, Stallone and her staff stopped by all occupied apartments — about 280 — to drop off gift bags.
“The residents here in Alston mean so much to the entire community and to our staff,” said Stallone.
See below for more photos from the evening.