Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Tom Hand today announced a massive, first-of-its-kind ‘Cruise-Thru’ Toys for Tots Collection Drive will take place at John Burns Park in Massapequa on Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 2pm (rain date is Sunday, December 6th). In partnership with the United States Marine Corps, the Town of Oyster Bay is collecting toys to help families impacted by the COVID-19 economic crisis and those less fortunate throughout the community during the upcoming holiday season. In addition to the ‘Cruise-Thru’, collection boxes are located at Town facilities through December 14th.
Supervisor Saladino said, “The Toys for Tots Drive has long been a huge success under the leadership of the U.S. Marine Corps, especially here in the Town of Oyster Bay, as just last year we smashed the previous year’s record in our toy drive collection. This year’s drive is especially crucial, as due to the coronavirus global pandemic, many more families than normal are feeling an undue financial burden. I encourage all of our residents who are able to donate to this amazing cause, as the Toys for Tots Drive helps ensure that disadvantaged children within our community do not have to go the holiday season without something to bring them happiness.”
The ‘Cruise Thru Holiday Toy Drive’ will provide residents an excellent way to contribute directly to the cause and help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season. Additionally, the event will feature an appearance by Santa Claus, and a drop box where kids can drop their letters to Santa off at. Letters dropped off with a legible name and return address will be answered by Santa before the holiday.
“Toys for Tots sends a message of hope to less fortunate children who otherwise wouldn’t be receiving presents this holiday season. I urge residents, who can, to donate new un-wrapped toys to any of our drop-off locations,” said Councilman Tom Hand. “By making a donation, you can help ease the financial burden of families hardest hit by the effects of the coronavirus this holiday season,” Councilman Hand said.
Toys for Tots Collection Boxes are located at the following locations:
- Oyster Bay Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay;
- Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa;
- Department of Public Works Facility, 150 Miller Place, Syosset;
- The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at Bethpage Community Park, 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage; and
- Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 S Broadway, Hicksville
For more information, please contact Councilman Tom Hand at (516) 624-6309