CANANDAIGUA, NY – With the holiday season soon approaching, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today announced that he is again partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in sponsoring a local Toys for Tots toy collection drive. Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys at specific drop-off locations during the months of October, November and December and then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children throughout the community.
“Last year’s Toys for Tots holiday drive was a huge success – I am hoping this year will be even better,” said Kolb who has been a strong supporter and sponsor of the Toys for Tots Program.
“In this tough economy, when record numbers of New Yorkers are still out of work and so many people are financially struggling, the need for Toys for Tots is greater than ever. Every one of us can do our part to ensure all children have the opportunity to enjoy this upcoming holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy at one of the drop-off locations across our community. With the support of our local families and businesses, Toys for Tots can help make the holidays a little bit brighter for every child,” Kolb stated.
The following are local drop-off locations for this year’s Toys for Tots holiday drive:
- Arby’s Restaurant
280 Hamilton Street, Geneva
- Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce
113 S. Main Street, Canandaigua
(585) 394-4400, ext. 203
- Seneca County Chamber
2020 Seneca Falls Waterloo Rd., Seneca Falls (5 & 20)(315) 568-2906
- Canandaigua VA
400 Fort Hill Ave., Canandaigua
(585) 394-2000 (Volunteer Services)
- Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s District Office
607 W. Washington Street, Geneva
As noted on its official website – www.toysfortots.org – for the past 63 years, the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 400,000,000 toys to more than 188,000,000 needy children. The program has made the United States Marine Corps the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children during the holidays.
Toys for Tots distribution takes place mid to late December. Prior to that, community members drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses. Coordinators pick up the toys and store them in central warehouses where they are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to less fortunate children across the community.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, over its 19 years in existence, has supplemented local toy collections with more than 81,300,000 toys valued at more than $487 million. It also has provided promotional and support materials valued at over $6.3 million.