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Legislative District 11

Posted on: November 27, 2023

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton Invites Residents to Support Toys for Tots Collection Drive

(GLEN COVE and UNIONDALE, N.Y.) - One of the nation’s largest one-day Toys for Tots collection drives - an event launched 13 years ago by Glen Cove’s Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts - will return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 3, and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D - Glen Cove) is once again joining forces with them, First City Project, and a constellation of community sponsors to help spread cheer to deserving children this holiday season.

The toy drive will be conducted rain, shine or snow from 9 a.m. - noon on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 in the parking lot of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Organizers said that last year’s event generated significantly more than 100,000 contributions toward Toys for Tots Long Island’s annual mission to distribute hundreds of thousands of toys to deserving children in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

“We are so grateful to everyone who works so diligently year after year to make this event such a tremendous success. I’m especially grateful for the tireless efforts of Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts, and thankful for everything that the Nassau County Police Department, our partners in law enforcement, and the County Executive’s team do each year to support this philanthropic mission. Please join us on Dec. 3 and encourage your friends and family to support our efforts to put smiles on the faces of deserving families this holiday season.”

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year, I am grateful to work with the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program alongside so many community leaders, corporate sponsors, and volunteers,” LaPadula said. “This year is so significant – and a new, unwrapped toy is a symbol of hope.”

Residents can support Toys for Tots at drop-off locations in their community throughout the holiday season. Visit to find a location near you or to make a monetary donation.



WHEN: Sunday, December 3, 2023
TIME:  9 a.m. - Noon
WHERE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Parking Lot)
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, N.Y. 11553

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