HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Toys for Tots train delivers presents across region

By Lydia Wheeler, Glens Falls Post-Star

2124 days ago   Article ID# 770939
Original URL

 

Toys for Tots

GLENS FALLS , NEW YORK (Glens Falls Post-Star) - Jim Lafayette worried that Santa Claus would come to town without an ample supply of toys for all the girls and boys.

Lafayette was rushing around on Sunday to make sure everything was set for the jolly man, who arrived in Whitehall on the Toys for Tots train that morning.

"I had 111 children signed up, and another 20 or so came in unexpected this morning," said the chairman of American Legion Post 83, which was the local sponsor for the Marine Corps program.

Lafayette said Sunday’s turnout of over 130 people was a stretch for the Legion, which had to order toys a week and a half ahead of time and give the Toys for Tots program a list of names in advance.

"Like us, they can only give what’s been donated," he said.

For many parents waiting in the cold on Sunday, those donations are the only way to provide their child a Christmas gift this year.

Although Nicolette Walker of Granville is employed through a temp agency now, she said she is still trying to catch up on bills that piled up after she lost her previous job.

Walker said she missed the deadline to receive holiday assistance from the Salvation Army.

"That’s why we’re here," she said on Sunday, as she waited for the train to arrive. "It’s hard when you have a 6-year-old that believes in Santa and you can’t even get him one or two things on his list."

Just before 11:30 a.m., Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived on the Canadian Pacific Railway holiday train. Marines and volunteers dispersed into the crowd and immediately began handing out fleece blankets and new coats, hats and mittens, along with toys and board games to the families.

Whitehall was the third of 12 stops on Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots two-day train route across upstate New York, which started on Saturday in Binghamton and ended late Sunday by the Canadian border in Rouses Point.

This year, Dunkin’ Donuts contributed more than $30,000 to support the Toys for Tots Train; $25,000 was used to purchase toys and $5,000 went toward new coats.

As an unemployed mother of an 8-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, Melissa Smith, said she relies on the Toys for Tots Train for their Christmas gifts.

"I’m on unemployment, so I wouldn’t be able to do too much without it," she said.

In the town and village of Whitehall, Bonnie Brown said the Toys for Tots Train is always well-received.

"It brings a lot of people out. You never knew you had that many in Whitehall," she said.

Copyright 2016 Glens Falls Post-Star   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 2124 days ago   Article ID# 770939

Toys for Tots     View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Marine Toys for Tots Foundation News

Brantley Gilbert helps make huge donation to Toys For Tots charity

276 days ago From contactmusic.com 

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - ...

Toys for Tots event brightens holiday for Newark children

283 days ago From newarkpostonline.com 

ELKTON, MARYLAND - ...

Bronxville's Toys for Tots campaign in full swing

286 days ago From patch.com 

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - ...

Toys For Tots makes holiday bright for needy children

290 days ago From baltimore.cbslocal.com 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - ...

Toys for Tots distributes nearly 2,000 toys

645 days ago From abc30.com 

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Community Service News

Action Center

Consequences of climate change: polar bear population shrinking due to Arctic sea ice melt

Action: Climate Change

Alert! The melting sea ice in the Arctic is leaving polar bears hungry and their population dwindling in numbers.

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

Action: Wildlife Conservation

One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct.

Fewer than 100 plou ...

Deforestation jumps into Peru reserve, 1,600 hectares of rainforest lost

Action: Stop Deforestation

Deforestation is pressing further into a protected area in central Peru, finds a recent analysis by the Monitoring the Andean ...

River pollution puts 323m at risk from life-threatening diseases, says UN

Action: Stop Pollution

A week before Russia’s Daldykan river was turned red by a leak from a metals plant, the UN issued a warning as chilling as it ...

Save these ocean beauties from extinction

Action: Save Our Oceans

A relative of squid and octopuses, the chambered nautilus is an ancient ocean mollusk that's survived five major mass extinct ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.