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Retired Schenectady Police Officer organizes toy donation drive for Sandy victims


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Retired Schenectady Police Officer Chris Wrubel is organizing an effort toward Hurricane Sandy relief specifically for Staten Island, in light of the upcoming holiday season.

"Santa for Sandy," is a donation drive for holiday toys and presents for families monetarily affected by Hurricane Sandy, who will be struggling this winter to purchase their gifts.

In addition to many homes being in a seriously depreciated condition, many retail stores in Staten Island are closed and will remain closed long past Christmas, writes Wrubel.

In collaboration with Dimension Fabricators Incorporated and Timco Transportation, a tractor trailer will be filled with toys and delivered to the Staten Island Borough President for distribution to needy children within the Borough.

There is a need for new, boxed, wrapped and labeled (age/gender specific) toys, dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • Burnt Hills Lanes at 825 Saratoga Road in Burnt Hills
  • Boulevard Bowl at1315 Erie Boulevard  Schenectady
  • Town 'N Country Lanes at 2509 Western Avenue in Guilderland

Toys will be accepted until the date of the drive down and delivery, which will occur on December 22nd.

Cash donations will be accepted until December 16th, and the money will be used to purchase additional toys to add to the truck-load.

‘I know we can make a difference this Christmas season,' writes Wrubel. ‘Merry Christmas and thank you in advance.'

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