I want to offer my sincerest thanks to the multitude of friends and neighbors who graciously donated to help make our annual toy drive the most successful to date.We collected hundreds of great toys which were dropped off and given to kids at the Glen Cove Child Day Care Center which had suffered extensive flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.It was great to see the pure joy on the kids’ faces when my staff and I delivered such a diverse array of toys including everything from educational games, STEM toys, and the hottest in-demand toys like gaming amplifiers.In fact, we had so many toys were also able to provide toys for other organizations such as the Glen Cove Equal Opportunity Coalition and Birthday Wishes of Long Island.
I would also like to recognize Reverend Shawn Williams and the good people at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Glen Cove; the Glen Cove Anglers Club; Brooke Schwartz; Mr. William Golden of Glen Head; and Mr. Joe Podbela of Muttontown. While so many kind and generous people donated this year, these wonderful people and organizations played an integral role in making our drive such a resounding success.Finally, I want to express my appreciation to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Library in Oyster Bay and the Bryant Library in Roslyn served for serving as collection sites.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Charles D. Lavine
Member of Assembly