Queens Toy Drives Aim To Cheer Kids Affected By Sandy

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on December 5, 2012 8:25pm 

 Many residents in areas affected by the hurricane lost everything.
Many residents in areas affected by the hurricane lost everything.
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QUEENS — A pair of toy drives in Queens this holiday season aims to bring back a smile to the faces of children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Queens Borough president Helen Marshall and City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz are both organizing toy drives focused on the kids from the areas devastated by the hurricane.

“Please help me collect toys to make a child’s holiday brighter,” Koslowitz wrote to constituents in a brochure.

The councilwoman has previously held a supply drive for hurricane victims, and last month residents donated about 3,000 items, including shoes and baby supplies, her office said.

Marshall, the borough president, will be accepting unwrapped toys at Queens Borough Hall until Dec. 19, her office said.

Kew Gardens Cinemas on Lefferts Boulevard is also joining the effort.

“We hope you will find it in your hearts to drop off a toy for a boy or a girl whose worlds were turned upside down on October 29th,” the theatre wrote on its Facebook page. “Some of us have been volunteering in the Rockaways each week. If you saw, like we have, the piles of ruined toys at the curbs of these once happy homes, donating a toy would be a no-brainer.”

The cinema, located at 81-05 Lefferts Boulevard, is hosting the toy drive through Sunday, December 23rd.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz’s district office at 118-35 Queens Blvd, 17th floor, in Forest Hills is collecting unwrapped toys through December 21st.

Borough President’s office will be accepting unwrapped toys at Queens Borough Hall at 120-55 Queens Boulevard (second floor, reception area) through Dec. 19.

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