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Town Kicks Off Massive Toys for Tots Collection Drive Helping Families Impacted By COVID Pandemic

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Tom Hand today announced a massive, month long collection drive to help benefit needy families and less fortunate children throughout the community during the upcoming holiday season. In partnership with the United States Marine Corps, the Town of Oyster Bay will host a first-of-its-kind ‘Cruise Thru Holiday Toy Drive’ at John Burns Park in Massapequa on Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 2pm (rain date for the event is Sunday, December 6th). In addition to the cruise thru holiday toy drive, collection boxes will also be located at multiple locations throughout the Town, beginning November 13th and ending December 14th. These unprecedented efforts will help collect new, unwrapped toys that will be used as gifts for needy children throughout the community.

Supervisor Saladino said, “The Toys for Tots Drive has long been a huge success under the leadership of the U.S. Marine Corps, especially here in the Town of Oyster Bay, as just last year we smashed the previous year’s record in our toy drive collection. This year’s drive is especially crucial, as due to the coronavirus global pandemic, many more families than normal are feeling an undue financial burden. I encourage all of our residents who are able to donate to this amazing cause, as the Toys for Tots Drive helps ensure that disadvantaged children within our community do not have to go the holiday season without something to bring them happiness.”

The ‘Cruise Thru Holiday Toy Drive’ will provide residents an excellent way to contribute directly to the cause and help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season. Additionally, the event will feature an appearance by Santa Claus, and a drop box where kids can drop their letters to Santa off at. Letters dropped off with a legible name and return address will be answered by Santa before the holiday.

“Toys for Tots sends a message of hope to less fortunate children who otherwise wouldn’t be receiving presents this holiday season. I urge residents, who can, to donate new un-wrapped toys to any of our drop-off locations,” said Councilman Tom Hand. “By making a donation, you can help ease the financial burden of families hardest hit by the effects of the coronavirus this holiday season,” Councilman Hand said.

Toys for Tots Collection Boxes are located at the following locations:

Oyster Bay Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay;
Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa;
Department of Public Works Facility, 150 Miller Place, Syosset;
The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at Bethpage Community Park, 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage; and
Syosset-Woodbury Community Park Community Center, Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

For more information, please contact Councilman Tom Hand at (516) 624-6309; or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.

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