The Halloween Bag giveaway on Saturday was deemed a huge success. “Though the afternoon started out with heavy rains, the weather let up in time for us to hand out nearly 1,000 bags,” Jeff Rusiecki, Astoria 9-1-1 manager, said. “This is double what we did the year prior, and this just seems to grow every year we do it.”
Astoria 9-1-1 was assisted by Medix Ambulance personnel and the Astoria Fire Department for the event. Dispatcher Jennifer Peden ordered all of the supplies and assembled the bags, each one containing a public safety coloring book, crayons, glow in the dark stickers, a glow stick, a whistle and several other goodies.
“It is so much fun seeing all the kids in costume each year,” said Betty Colgrove, the Medix communications manager. “We are already looking forward to next year.”