Story by Lourice Angie
The Toys for Military Tots Toy Drive came to a close on Mon., Dec. 10 at the WTBQ radio station in Warwick. This year’s toy drive was a resounding success for the children whose parents are either disabled American veterans or serving in all military branches, in the reserves or on active duty at Stewart.
The Toy Drive would not have been possible without the astounding contributions of the community and the support from the entire County. The Nam Knights contributed over $500 worth of toys. Toys were also donated by CuraLeaf of Newburgh, McKesson Corp., HV Seafood, the Warwick Valley Central School District, students from Golden Hill Elementary School, and by many others as well.
The reception area of WTBQ was piled to the ceiling with toys, ensuring that many children will experience excitement and joy on Christmas morning. Collectively, it is estimated that approximately $5,000 worth of toys were donated from all over Orange County and Northern, NJ.
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus is deployed overseas, but it was his initial suggestion that sparked the first drive and all the drives to follow since.
If anyone is still interested and would like to contribute an unwrapped toy, they can still drop off toys at the WTBQ Radio Station, located at 179 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick. They will have Santa make the delivery just in time for the Holidays.