"These families have been through so much the past few years," said Johnson. "I'm glad I was able to come out tonight and help bring a few smiles to some kids faces."
Tuesday's Children is a non- profit family service organization founded by family and friends of September 11th victims has made a long term commitment to safeguard the health, happiness, and future of both individuals and families effected by this tragedy.
"September 11th has affected everyone in some way," said Gervais. "The children that attended this event will have to deal with the loss of a loved one for a lifetime. I was happy I was able to come down to skate around with the kids and keep their minds off of sad times."
For the past four years, the Islanders have participated in the annual Tuesday's Children event. Johnson, Gervais, and Tambellini skated with the children during the night and played some hockey with the kids. The players gave skating lessons, showed kids how to shoot puck, and signed autographs. Sparky and the Ice Girls made sure each kid left home with Islanders pictures, posters and other prizes.
"This event was a great one to take part in," said Tambellini. "The kids had a great time skating and playing with the hockey sticks that we brought."For more information about Tuesday's Children, please visit their website at http://www.tuesdayschildren.org.
Click here to see last year's Islanders TV video from Tuesday's Children skate at the Rinx.