HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – With the demand for toy donations skyrocketing this year, the Suffolk County Legislature partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect dozens of toys at a drive-through donation event on Dec. 19.
Toys were handed off as cars drove through the parking area at the legislature’s William H. Rogers Building in Hauppauge. Legislature staff members donated $700 to purchase toys to contribute to the collection, and many legislators collected toys in their district offices.
“The Suffolk County Legislature was proud to be a part of the Marine’s Toys for Tots campaign here on Long Island,” said the legislature’s Presiding Officer, Rob Calarco. “COVID-19 is putting a strain on so many families this year, making the need for toy donations greater than ever. We were happy to be able to give people a safe, easy way to contribute. Their generosity will help ensure that the children of our county have a wonderful holiday after such a difficult year. Thank you to everyone who donated.”
Donations are being distributed through Toys for Tots to the county’s Department of Social Services and the TriCYA in Huntington.
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Above: Pictured with Santa and some of the toys donated at the Suffolk County Legislature’s drive-through collection event for Toys for Tots on Saturday are, from left, Legislators Leslie Kennedy, Tom Donnelly, Anthony Piccirillo and Kevin McCaffrey and Presiding Officer Rob Calarco.
Top right: Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco collects a toy from a motorist at the legislature’s drive-through toy drive on Saturday for Toys for Tots.