‘Toys of Hope’ makes the rounds around Long Island, providing gifts for kids
In what has become a yearly tradition, ‘Toys of Hope’ held its fifth annual holiday toy parade at various locations on Long Island Saturday.
The sounds of the season could be heard loud and clear in Uniondale as thousands of kids were given early Christmas presents.
"We probably have about 4,000 kids today that we're handing toys out to, and we probably have about 50 volunteers here,” said Jay Joel, one of the volunteers for Toys of Hope.
“We're giving out toys to the kids that don't get toys at Christmas,” said another volunteer named Ryder. “Really good to see the kids all smiling."
Veronica Saracay of Uniondale says seeing all the donated items is just amazing and she is grateful to be a part of it.
"We feel very happy and blessed that they were able to give our kids something this Christmas," she said.
In Deer Park, Pastor Jimmy Jack of the Freedom Chapel hosted even more families and gave away hundreds of stuffed stockings and 85 bicycles to some happy kids.
"There's no better feeling than to give somebody hope and tell them we love them and tell them we care,” said Jack.
In Merrick at the Nassau Lions Club Polar Express event, hundreds more kids were given everything from books and toothbrushes to warm clothes, and of course toys.
That was the seventh year for the Polar Express event.
Donations can be made to:
PO Box 2236
North Babylon, NY 11703