Friday, November 30, 2012

Please help Rotary toy drive for storm-tossed NYC kids

If you noticed my postings have been a bit sparse in recent days, it is because a short-term project is requiring my time.

I'm assisting my wife, April (a/k/a Constant Companion), in a drive to collect toys for the holidays. Not for local kids, however. There are numerous such efforts doing that, and we wish them well.

Rather, this particular effort comes about in support of the many children in the New York City metro area ravaged by Superstorm Sandy who lost their homes and possessions.

Not only are many of those children still living in shelters and other temporary housing with their families, but toys that had been collected by such programs as Toys for Tots BEFORE the storm hit were destroyed by Sandy.  Thus, their Christmas and Hannukah holidays promise to be bleak.

April, who is president-elect of the Southern Rensselaer County (SRC) Rotary Club, is coordinating the effort she conceived as a joint project for the many clubs in Rotary District 7190, which covers the six-county Capital Region.

The SRC has acquired storage and packaging points for the toys at a variety of places in the Capital Region, and also has arranged with Federal Express to transport toys to NYC at no charge. All work on the project is being done on a voluntary basis, so there is zero administrative or other overhead.

You can help by donating one or more new, unwrapped toys suitable for kids from toddler to young teens. (No electronic or battery-operated toys, please.) Some suggestions: coloring books, crayons, dolls, board games, storybooks, paint sets, model cars, balls, etc.

You can drop off your donations until December 13 at one of two branches of the 1st National Bank of Scotia:
• 1693 Route 9 in Clifton Park (Exit 9 off the Northway)  
• 3013 Route 50 in Saratoga (Exit 15 off the Northway)
If you belong to an organization or business that wants to contribute toys but the bank locations don't work for you, please feel free to e-mail April or me and we’ll try to work out a way to arrange a handoff.

We will begin boxing and shipping on December 6, and continuing it on an as-received basis until December 15.



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