Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R,C,I-Massapequa) today announced his district office at 200 Boundary Ave., Massapequa, has been designated a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drop-off location. Office staff are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children through Thursday, Dec. 22. Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is on the corner of Broadway and Boundary Avenue.
"At a time when the public is being asked to donate in so many different directions, we are giving our community the opportunity to assist children who need help, right here near home." said Assemblyman Saladino. "Children who have suffered will be overjoyed with happiness, thanks to the generosity of community members. I ask everyone who is able to donate a toy or toys to help replace children’s tears with smiles of glee at this special time of year."
Donations will go to Toys for Tots; Hurricane Katrina victims; needy immigrant families; families displaced by home fires; ill area children, including Baby Gia; the pediatric psychological unit of Brunswick Hospital; and the Saint Rose of Lima Outreach organization that helps brighten the holidays for families with financial difficulties.
In 1947, Maj. Bill Hendricks of the U.S. Marines’ Los Angeles Reserve Unit enlisted the help of his fellow Marines to collect and distribute 5,000 toys to children whose parents were unable to provide them. That act of kindness initiated what has become the annual nationwide Toys for Tots campaign. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the program and began collecting toys in nearly 200 communities nationwide. Today, the Marines distribute an average of 12.6 million toys to over 5 million children annually.
Individuals unable to drop toys off at the office can contact Assemblyman Saladino’s district office at (516) 844-0635 to arrange for a volunteer to pick up the items.