The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots local drive organized by Councilman Lew Fidler’s 41st Assembly District Democratic Club is again the largest such drive in New York City for the eighth consecutive year, scoring 7,750 holiday gifts for needy and disadvantaged children.
While the number is impressive, an even more impressive number came out of it: 55,430. That’s the number of toys collected in the 13 years since the drive’s establishment in 2001, when they first bundled together just 79 toys for kids.
The event will continue in the future, but it’s the final year that Fidler will preside over it as a member of the City Council. He’s term limited out come January 1, to be succeeded by Assemblyman Alan Maisel. As the event wrapped up, Fidler gazed over the mountain of toys that covered nearly half the floor space of his club from floor to ceiling.
“This is what the holidays are supposed to be about. Not throwing yourself a party, not drinking a lot of egg nog. Helping children, that’s what we do. It’s great to look at this mountain of toys,” he told Sheepshead Bites. “Today was my last Council meeting. Yeah, it’s bittersweet, but at the end you look back and you know you had a good run, you didn’t waste anyone’s time, and I didn’t waste my time, and it’s very gratifying.”
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State Senator Marty Golden. Source: NYSenate.gov
State Senator Martin J. Golden is initiating a series of new holiday events he calls “Holiday Senior Festivals,” which will feature the participation of numerous city and state agencies, free blood pressure screenings, entertainment and lunch, raffles, as well as a free shredding truck parked outside to shred old and sensitive documents, and a tree trimming.
Invited governmental agencies include Aging, Sanitation, Environmental Protection, Finance, the Fire Department, Parks and the Police Department. The events will also serve as collection sites to support the Toys for Tots campaign. Letters and cards can also be brought to the events, which will then be mailed to our American servicemen and women overseas.
The events, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, December 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis Cabrini, 16th Avenue (entrance) between 86th Street and Benson Avenue
- Thursday, December 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Auditorium, 9511 Fourth Avenue
- Friday, December 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Preparatory High School, 2474 Ocean Avenue
For more, contact Senator Golden’s district office at (718) 238-6044 or email email@example.com.
One of Fidler’s elves at last year’s toy drive.
Councilman Lewis Fidler’s Democratic Club, the 41st Assembly District Democrats, is putting out the final call for toys as the grand finale party nears on Thursday.
Now in its 13th year, the annual toy drive has grown to become the largest Toys for Tots drive in New York City for seven years running. Last year, they collected more than 9,000 toys, a record they hope to beat again this year.
Their efforts have been helped by several smaller “feeder” drives, including one done by the Kings Bay Y and another by the Be Proud Foundation (Be Proud’s collection event is today, at 6:00 p.m. at Signature Restaurant [2007 Emmons Avenue]. Those interested in donating can stop by with an unwrapped, unopened toy or a check made out to Be Proud Foundation).
The event culminates with a massive party at the clubhouse at 2952 Avenue R on Thursday, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. It’s a great time for kids, who get to mingle with Mr. Met and Sandy the Seagull, and is capped off with an “elf show” and the loading of toys into the U.S. Marines’ 18-wheeled military cargo truck. Last year’s loading took more than an hour.
If you’d like to make a donation or have questions about the drive, call Bryan at (917) 846-1944.
‘Tis the season for giving, and despite the continued struggles they themselves face after Superstorm Sandy, Southern Brooklyn residents proved their generosity by doling out more than 9,000 toys for last night’s Toys for Tots closeout party at the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club.
Santa’s little helpers paraded around the mountain of dolls, games, books and crafts carrying signs of the toy totals from every year since the drive kicked off in 2001. Without going down even once, the numbers grew from just 79 to a whopping 9,004, unveiled by Mr. Met and Sandy the Seagull, making a 12-year total of 47,680 gifts given to the program.
“There will be 10,000 young people who will get a gift, put a smile on their face, that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. And that is certainly the gift that we have to give on the holidays,” Councilman Lew Fidler told the dense crowd that packed into the small Marine Park clubhouse at 2952 Avenue R.
Keep reading about our community’s generosity, and view photos and video from the event.
Source: Alina Zienowicz via Wikimedia
The month-long Toys For Tots toy drive rolls on this evening with their latest satellite event. Tonight, the Be Proud Foundation, the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve are joining forces to give donated toys to underprivileged children in the Russian-speaking community.
Tonight’s event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, 1901 Emmons Avenue between East 19th Street and Ocean Avenue. You can either donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a $30 minimum check payable to the “Be Proud Foundation.”
The drive wraps up Thursday night, December 20, during a grand finale party at the Democratic club, 2952 Avenue R on the corner of Haring Street, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Feel free to bring an new, unwrapped toy to that event, or mail a check to the Community First Toy Drive – 41st A.D. Dems Club c/o Bryan Lee, Executive Director, 2664 Dorothy Street, Bellmore, NY 11710. You can also reach out to toy drive founder Lee by calling (917) 846-1944.
Source: Bryan Lee
Source: Bryan Lee
Last week we reported on Councilman Lew Fidler, the 41st Assembly Democrats, and Toy Drive founder Bryan Lee’s 12th annual ‘Toys For Tots’ toy drive. The annual drive is holding satellite drives all month long, and the Teen-Driven Toy Drive Kick-Off held last week set a wonderful example as teens from all different cultural backgrounds banded together for a good cause.
The Teen-Driven Toy Drive Kick-Off was held at the Kings Bay Y last week. The teens and participants are from the Kings Bay Y, Hebrew Educational Society, Turkish Cultural Center, Brooklyn Amity School, 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and Councilman Fidler’s staff, a diverse coalition representing the best of our local youth doing their part to help those in need. One such selfless volunteer is Kings Bay Y teen Paula (pictured above), who was participating for the first time this year.
The toy drive is still currently accepting donations, and if you wish to give in person, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots box at the Y, located at 3495 Nostrand Ave, or by bringing it to the Grand Finale Party at the Democrats Club at 2952 Ave. R, on Thursday night, December 20 between 7 and 9 p.m. Donations are also accepted by mailing a check payable to Community First Toy Drive- 41st A.D. Dems Club c/o Bryan Lee, Executive Director 2664 Dorothy Street Bellmore, NY 11710. You can also reach out to Toy Drive founder Bryan Lee by calling (917) 846-1944.
Source: Alina Zienowicz via Wikimedia
Councilman Lew Fidler, the 41st Assembly Democrats and Toy Drive founder Bryan Lee are back with their 12th annual ‘Toys For Tots’ toy drive. The annual toy drive is throwing their Grand Finale Party on Thursday night, December 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the 41st A.D. Dems Club, 2952 Ave. R.
The toy drive is currently accepting donations, and if you wish to give in person, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the party. Donations are also accepted by mailing a check payable to Community First Toy Drive- 41st A.D. Dems Club c/o Bryan Lee, Executive Director 2664 Dorothy Street Bellmore, NY 11710.
Special guests include Mr. Met, famed New York Mets mascot, making his 11th straight appearance and Sandy the Seagull of the Brooklyn Cyclones flying in for his fourth straight time.
You can also attend and donate to one of the Satellite Toy Drive Sponsors such as the 4th Be Proud Foundation Toy Drive at the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market located at 1901 Emmons Avenue held on Monday, December 17, between 6 and 8 p.m., or through Community Board 15.
The city’s largest toy drive – organized right here in Southern Brooklyn – once again broke the record for number of toys collected in New York City, netting a whopping 8,674 toys for underprivileged children in the five boroughs.
Keep reading, and view the photo gallery.
Sasha, a teen from the Kings Bay Y, holds up a Marines Toys for Tots poster while helping out with the toy drive mailing.
Hoping to shatter last year’s astounding record of a mind-boggling 7,790 toys, members of the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club, Councilman Lew Fidler, and Club Executive Director and Toy Drive Founder Bryan A. Lee are holding this year’s Community First Toy Drive Grand Finale Party on Thursday night, December 15, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the club, 2952 Avenue R and Haring Street.
Find out how you can donate, and attend the party yourself!
Erik Palanker brought five toys to donate to less fortunate children
Tzar Restaurant (2007 Emmons Avenue), in conjunction with the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and the Be Proud Foundation, held a Toys for Tots drive on Monday, to celebrate its fifth anniversary and give a special holiday season to less fortunate children.
This year’s Toys for Tots drive was the the third time that the event has been organized by Be Proud Foundation and hosted by Tzar. The event is a local off-shoot of the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club drive, a massive effort across Southern Brooklyn that nets more toys for disadvantaged children than anywhere else in New York City.
The effort is in full-swing, and if Monday’s donations are any indication, the club is poised to once again claim their mantle as the city’s top tot toy target. Tzar and Be Proud collected more than 100 toys and raised $1,100 in donations, which enabled the organizers to purchase 400 more toys for the children.
“This number will be a major part of the overall goal of over 8,000 toys our club toy drive is aiming for in order to be the largest collecting Toys for Tots chapter in all of New York City for the sixth straight year,” declared Bryan Lee, 41st Assembly District Democrats Club executive director and Toy Drive founder.
– Taylor Reynolds