Ray Alvarez, the proprietor of Ray's Candy Store at 113 Avenue A near Seventh Street, turns 88 on Jan. 25.
Given the pandemic, there won't be any type of in-person celebration as in previous years (a tradition dating to 2007).
So here is the plan instead (and it's meant to be a surprise for Ray) via the b-day organizers ...
Since we can't be together for Ray's Annual Birthday Celebration this year, we're making a virtual video hug for Ray and would love for you to be a part of it! Please click the link below to record your birthday wish (it's easiest to just use your phone) and we'll play them all for Ray!We'll collect hugs through Sunday, Jan. 31, so please add yours before then! LET'S SET THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR BIGGEST VIDEO HUG EVER!P.S. Don't tell Ray…it's a surprise!
The link to record the video is here.