Overwhelming Support for the 11th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign – Community News


Photo by Peter M. Budraitis

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum transformed into Santa’s Workshop on Sunday, December 5 as thousands flocked to Uniondale to support Toys for Tots’ largest one-day drive in the United States.

The 11the The annual campaign was led by businessmen from Glen Cove, Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer from Martino Auto Concepts. Featuring food trucks, music, outdoor performers, family activities – and, of course, hundreds of exotic cars and vintage vehicles on display – the event is expected to have generated well over 100,000 individual donations after counting and sorting is complete.

These donations will allow Toys for Tots to respond to requests for assistance in Nassau County and throughout our region.

“During the holiday season, a toy is more than just a gift under the tree. It shows a child that they are being cared for and symbolizes hope for better days ahead, ”said Nassau County Lawmaker DeRiggi-Whitton. “For the past 11 years, Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer have worked alongside USMC (Retired) Major Chuck Kilbride to brighten the lives of so many deserving children and families. It truly fills my heart with gratitude every year to be a part of an event that showcases the spirit of compassion and generosity that makes the holidays so magical.

The main sponsors of the Toys for Tots 2021 campaign included: the US Marine Corps; the American Academy of Hotel Services; Sales of Gabrielli trucks; First city project; Bolla market; Universal motor sports; Hunter Roberts Construction Group; Long Island sports cars; Ryan Friedman motor cars; Auto Enthusiasts Marketplace PCarMarket; Long Island Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America; Race to the North; East rally point; NYSpace researchers; RXR; The beacon at Garvies Point; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Maserati Long Island; Porsche Rive-Sud; Oyster Bay property management; Serendipity 3; 7 eleven; Ferrari of Long Island; Ritz Carlton Residences North Hills; Disembarkation from the port; Engineers Country Club and a variety of local auto clubs and community actors.

Officers from the Nassau County Police Department, under the command of NCPD Commissioner Patrick Ryder, quickly advanced the donation lines as a team of uniformed Marines, ROTC members and volunteers collected and sorted the donations.

Members of the Glen Cove Fire Department provided additional assistance, and the Uniondale and Hempstead Fire Departments used their trucks to stage the bow of the American flag at the entrance to the Nassau Coliseum. DeRiggi-Whitton and the organizers also thank Nassau County Executive Administration Laura Curran for their logistical support in planning and carrying out this massive undertaking.

There is still plenty of time to support Toys for Tots this holiday season. Visit toysfortots.org to find a drop-off point near you or to make a monetary donation.


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