U.S. Marines grabbed some shopping carts on Wednesday and helped find some toys for children in need. "We're always amazed how the community comes through year after year and how their donations will help so many kids have a merry Christmas".
"It's a privilege for the New York Racing Association to partner with the Marines Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation to brighten the holidays for so many children each year", said Lynn LaRocca, NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer. The Marine Corps has supported Toys for Tots since 1991 and is something people enjoy doing with their families every year.
New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at that location until 7 p.m.
It is a staple of the Christmas season and a holiday tradition that is celebrating its 70th anniversary. In Columbia County, State Police at Livingston are conducting their own toy drive to collect toys for distribution in Greene and Columbia counties.
East Coast Honda is trying to fill its Odessy Van with toys for Toy for Tots.
The children will receive the presents during a party next month. "I hope that these acts of kindness will inspire the children receiving the gifts to go on to do great things, knowing that there is a community that cares about them". "For us as Marines, it's important to give back to our community and to kids in need". A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Toys for Tots. All collected toys must be turned in by December 5th. "Bring us a toy or make a contribution or money, we take money, and use that to buy toys", veteran and Toys for Tots volunteer John Bishop said.
Toys can also be dropped off at WLKY's studio at 1918 Mellwood Avenue until 5:30 p.m. Friday.
There's only about three weeks until Christmas and instead of tables overflowing with toys.