(UNIONDALE and GLEN COVE, N.Y.) - One of the nation’s largest Toys for Tots collection drives - an event that was inaugurated by Joe Lapadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts - is back again, and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D - Glen Cove) is proudly partnering with the organizers with hopes of spreading cheer to deserving families and children this holiday season.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 1 (snow or shine!) RXR Plaza in Uniondale will come alive with toys, a visit from Santa Claus, live music and a cavalcade of exotic sportscars for this annual Toys for Tots toy collection event. Attendees are encouraged to contribute a new, unwrapped toy.
Organizers said they gathered more than 55,000 contributions during last year’s event alone, which helped them contribute 220,000 toys to 110,000 children – but they’re looking to expand their reach even further and serve more families and children this holiday season.
“Because of their tireless work throughout the year, Major Chuck Kilbride, the United States Marine Corps, Joe Lapaduala and Jon Holzer are able to harness the generosity of corporate sponsors and citizens to bring holiday magic to families in Nassau County and across our region,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton said. “I hope you’ll join me in once again supporting this awe-inspiring initiative that proves beyond a doubt that ‘a person never stands so tall as when they stoop to help a child.’”
In addition to Martino Auto Concepts, sponsors of this Toys for Tots drive include: the Experience Auto Group, the Nassau County Police Department, the U.S. Marine Corps, the American Academy of Hospitality Services, Gabrielli Truck Sales, RXR Realty, Sudz Corp., Exotics 4 Life, the First City Project and more.
Interested residents can also donate at any U.S. Marine Corps collection location. Visit toysfortots.org and click on “Donate a Toy” for details.