Toys For Tots Drive A Success For Children

December 20, 2005

This year’s Toys for Tots campaign has helped collect millions of toys for needy children throughout the country. "Each year, Toys for Tots continues to provide a message of joy and giving to millions of needy children across the country and here in New York," stated Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua).

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve organizes the annual drive, which accepts the donation of new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community where the campaign is conducted. "As always, this was a shining success," added Kolb.

The program, initiated in 1947 by Reserve Maj. Bill Hendricks, is the nation’s top Christmas donation program. In its near 60-year run, more than 300 million toys have been given to needy children.

"I would like to thank the personnel and administrators at our drop-off sites for toys," said Kolb, "including Arby’s, McMillan Realty, the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Hospital, and the Seneca and Canandaigua Counties Chambers of Commerce. They all deserve a hand for the work they have done for our children," said Kolb.

"There are many needy children who, without this program, wouldn’t receive any gifts for Christmas. Toys for Tots always manages to help remedy that. With the help of the residents who donate, it is one of the most beneficial programs for the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions."

Kolb said he hopes "the success of this year’s program will show everyone just how far a little effort and generosity can go. We always need volunteers and donated gifts, so why not start thinking right now about what you can do next year?"