For the fourth consecutive year, Briarcliff Manor's Police Benevolent Association is collecting toys for Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla—but this year, a neighboring village is helping out.
Briarcliff Manor Police Officer Jason Wollman has organized the drive for the past few years and recruited his brother, a detective in the Pleasantville Police Department, to coordinate donations as well this holiday season through his PBA.
"I thought it was a great idea to do for a local hospital," said Detective Jesse Wollman of the Pleasantville PD.
Officer Wollman said both departments will be collecting new, unwrapped toys through through mid-December to benefit children who are patients at the hospital.
"We are going to bring it to children—the same as last year," Officer Wollman said.
The hospital requests donations be non-denominational, do not represent violence or be made of glass, wood, brittle plastic or latex balloons.
Long rolls of new wrapping paper also being collected this year.
Toy donations for newborns (receiving blankets, rattles) through adolescents (journals, nail polish) will be accepted. View a full list of suggestions here.
Said Detective Wollman, "I think it's a great cause to help kids and families in their time of need."
The Briarcliff Manor PBA toy drive at Village Hall runs through December 16. The Pleasantville PBA toy drive at Village Hall runs through December 14.