Story by Lourice Angie
WTBQ community radio station (1110 AM/93.5FM) in Warwick launched the second annual Toys for Military Tots Toy Drive on Mon., Oct. 30 to help support the needs of the children who have a parent or parents in the military, whether they are active, in the reserves, deployed, or have been injured or disabled while serving.
Last year, WTBQ owner Frank Truatt and station manager Taylor Sterling reached out to Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus who helped develop the idea for the toy drive. This year, as the Holiday season approaches the radio station has teamed up again with Neuhaus, Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, District Attorney David Hoovler, the O.C. Veterans Service Agency and several others including the Nam Knights, Beth Mindes of the Child Care Council of O.C, Sally Woglom a third grade teacher at Park Ave. Elementary, Dana O.C. Partnership Director of Business Retention and Expansion Amanda, and Phil Royle, Legoland’s head of community and project relations.
The toys collected through the drive this year will be donated to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base and to the Children of Disabled American Vets. All new and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the WTBQ radio station, located at 179 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick, no later than Mon., Dec. 11. Donations of wrapping paper and bows are also appreciated.
Another drop off location is at the Legoland Community Welcome Center, located at 6 North St. in Goshen. Legoland will give a “Kids Free Voucher” for the Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester to everyone who donated a toy at the Goshen drop off location.
“Please help support the toy drive and get your children involved so they can learn the importance of giving back. It’s never too early to start, and what a great legacy to leave for the next generation. It’s the least we can do for those who make the ultimate sacrifice. The smile on the children faces makes it all worthwhile,” said Taylor Sterling.
O.C Executive Steve Neuhaus said, “I’m proud to participate in this important event again with WTBQ and our partners. The toy drive is a testament to how committed the community is to helping these children and their families. It is a wonderful way to bring smiles to their faces and thank the men and women who defend our country for the sacrifices that they make.”
O.C. Clerk Annie Rabbitt said, “We are honored to help make a difference in the lives of our military and their children. Few things bring a smile to a child’s face like a special gift or a new toy.”
For more information send an email to Taylor Sterling at firstname.lastname@example.org.