Santa can always use a few extra elves and the residents at Mount Alverno Center, an adult home and assisted living program in Warwick, are ready and willing to help. On Sun., Dec. 3, Mount Alverno residents Dorothy Wilson and Helen McKeon were among the many people who greeted the Middletown and New Jersey Railroad locomotive pulling a train of railroad freight cars along with passenger compartments into the Village of Warwick.
It was the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s annual “Operation Toy Train,” stopping at nearby New York and New Jersey communities with Santa and volunteers helping load gifts for needy children that had been collected for its Toys for Tots Foundation during the holiday season.
Twice each week, Mount Alverno hosts bingo games with prizes for the winners. Toys are very popular prizes because they can be given as gifts to young family members. But many of the residents donate them back to be put aside for “Operation Toy Train,” which is why Wilson and McKeon, assisted by volunteers Nancy Eubank, her son, Sean, and Carol Cook, were at the train stop with eight bags of toys.