Garden City, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will join students from two Elementary Schools – 70 Stewart and Stratford Avenue – to present toys to the U.S. Marine Corps for their Toys for Tots Drive, tomorrow at 11:00 a.m at Roosevelt Field Mall.
The toy donations gathered by the first through third graders are part of an annual effort, allowing children the opportunity to give back to others who are less fortunate during the holiday season. In addition, as part of the program, AT&T will present the U.S. Marine Corps with the company’s generous donation of GoPhones with airtime cards for use by Toys for Tots field workers – as well as a large selection of toys for the drive. Steve Harper, co-host of the K98.3 Morning Show, will emcee the event, and the jolliest elf of the season – Santa Claus – will make a special appearance during the ceremony.
The event will be held in the Mall’s North Court, near Dick’s Sporting Goods.
County Executive Mangano reminds all residents that they can donate a new unwrapped toy before December 20th at fourteen different facilities located throughout the county that have Toys for Tots collection boxes. For more information, please contact County Executive Mangano’s office at (516) 571-6000.
For the past three years, County Exective Mangano has co-chaired the Toys for Tots toy drive with Maj. Chuck Kilbride and the U.S. Marines. Mangano thanked the marines and students for their “efforts in bringing joy to little girls and boys, with toys, for the holidays.”
Major Kilbride has coordinated Toys for Tots for more than 20 years.
There will be Toys for Tots Collection Boxes in County government office buildings until December 20th.
“Toys for Tots isn’t just about toys,” Mangano said. “It’s about sending a message of hope to less fortunate children who otherwise would not be receiving presents this holiday season.”
I invite all of our residents to follow the lead of these special children, and help brighten up the holidays for families that may be feeling the pains of the economy or are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
“After all,” he said, “the best part of the holidays is giving.”