The Village of Pleasantville will once again host a toy drive for the holidays through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a non-profit organization.
For the second year in a row, village resident Christin Simon Ogryzlo is coordinating the effort after a successful run in 2011.
"The community responded very generously last year, donating over 800 toys to the Pleasantville campaign," Ogryzlo said in a statement. "Once again we would like to encourage people to spread holiday cheer to some of the more than 16 million children living in poverty in the United States."
Toys of all types are accepted in the campaign (for ages zero to 18), but "gifts for teenage boys and girls are at the top of the list," Ogryzlo noted.
Infant necessities such as diapers, formula and cribs are also accepted as part of the campaign.
Beginning today, there will be drop-off boxes at many local businesses: Cold Stone Creamery, Foley's Club Lounge, Jacob Burns Film Center (Dec. 7 to 9), Key Food Marketplace, Mahopac National Bank, Mount Pleasant Public Library, Pleasantville Physical Therapy, Try & Buy Toy Store, the office of Dr. Robert Balfour, DDS and Tutor Time.
The boxes will be available for unwrapped toy donations through Three Kings Day—Monday, Jan. 6, 2013.
"This year, because of Sandy and it’s destruction, there will be a larger number of desperate parents trying to determine how to provide Christmas gifts for their Children,” Bill Grein, Major, USMC (Ret), vice president of Toys For Tots said in the statement. “We intend to be there for these unfortunate families. Why should the children who just lost everything lose their hope and belief in Santa as well?”
In addition, four Pleasantville businesses will be taking part in another Toys for Tots Restaurant weekend, from November 22 to 25.
"Each will offer a special promotion with a $5 minimum donation to Toys for Tots," the statement said.
- Battonage Wine Bar Cafe — free small cheese platter
- Foley's Club Lounge — free drink
- Haven Restaurant— free glass of wine
- Mediterraneo Ristorante and Caffe — free serving of biscotti
Some local businesses—Mahopac National Bank, Pleasantville Cleaners and Pleasantville Pharmacy, for example—will also be accepting cash donations and checks made out to "Toys for Tots."
Click here to view a video from the end of last year's campaign.
For more information about this year's campaign, visit http://www.facebook.com/T4TPleasantville.