Monday, November 15, 2010

3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive

For the third straight year the North Lansingburgh Neighborhood Watch is spearheading a holiday toy drive that will benefit the children patients of Whitney Young Health Services Troy practice. Over the last two years the group has collect and distributed over $1,700 in toys to over 150 children.

The neighborhood group partners with Whitney Young because not only does it ensure the toys collected stay within the Lansingburgh and Troy community, but they are also ensured that the toys are gifted to the communities most desiring children. Whitney Young's Troy facility provides low to no cost medical and dental services to adults and children who find themselves in a tough spot.

What we have found from the first year we held the toy drive is that we live in a very caring community. People are well aware of the stresses some families fell this time of year. It's a magical time of year and every child should have the opportunity to enjoy and have fond memories of it.

To maximize the success of this endeavor, the group would like to extend an open invitation to anyone interested in participating in this worthy cause. The group is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children up to the age of 12. The Toy Drive will run through Tuesday, December 14th when the group will collect the donated toys during their monthly neighborhood watch meeting. The meeting is held from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club where community members will also celebrate the holiday season.

The collected gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to the children and their families by Santa Claus at Whitney Young's Troy facility the following week. Councilmen Mark McGrath and along with the Troy Republican Committee will be providing food and beverages for the children and their families as part of the celebration.

If you would like to contribute, but are unable to attend the December meeting, you are encouraged to contact Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

For more information please contact Jim Gordon, 365-2270 or email

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