CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Capital Region Toys for Tots held a drive-thru donation at their warehouse in Clifton Park on Saturday.
Since many of the Capital Region Toys for Tots summer and fall events have been canceled due to the pandemic, they have a much larger need this year than ever before.
Toys for Tots is one of the biggest campaigns in the entire country, serving close to 250,000 children in the Capital Region area.
While there is no specific count on toys, monetarily, the loss of events has reportedly hurt them tremendously. Event Coordinator Shelby Hansen told News10 that they lost out on upwards of $30,000.
“We are already starting out low on cash, of course, which we use to purchase toys as needed but not having those events… many of those bring a lot of toy donations as well,” Hansen said. “On top of that we have a bigger need in our community so we are getting more requests for families that need things for the holiday season.”
That would all be in donation money which goes towards the toys. But even with the pause on events, she says the community has still come together for the kids.
“Very heartwarming to see the public actually contacting us still in these hard times saying what can I do to help I think people that are able to help are realizing that during all this craziness that there’s more to life,” Hansen said. “If you can help you should help people in your community and I think we can at least get as much as we can for these children are still going to need us the matter what.”
Hansen said their age group for toys goes from 0-17, saying they tend to run low on infant aged toys but the most they run low on is the 11+ range because it can be hard to find things that aren’t expensive for that age group.
“We’ll probably be running low on everything this year really, that’s why it’s important to collect for everything and we also take monetary donations and we use that to purchase toys we are running low on,” Hansen said.
For this event, they are hoping anyone can swing by as they will be following the CDC and NYS guidelines. As the community continues to help out and more drive-thru drop offs will continue, their mission is to adapt and overcome. Sgt. Ted Kleniewski says they’re doing just that for the kids.
“We are able to follow the guidelines that are set forth for us. More people can show up, come on through, drop off toys and show their support donations, whatever it may be,” Sgt. Kleniewski said. “We are going to do whatever we can to meet the mission, it’s as simple as that.”
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