It looks like it will be a very good year for needy children at three Queens homeless facilities, thanks to Chronicle readers who donated new toys and accessories for the deserving youngsters.
So, instead of ending our story with a list of contributors, we will start off with those who so generously gave to our 19th annual toy drive in the last week. More than 300 children from the city’s Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst and the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, as well as Dove House, for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens, will receive the gifts in the next few days.
Here are the latest contributors: Lisa Picarella of Howard Beach, the Di Cristo family of Maspeth, Bill Gillette of Flushing, Carmella Cevas of Howard Beach, Irene Giovanni of Ozone Park, Marie Parisi of Flushing, Mary Ann Giovelli of Howard Beach, Dolores Daman of Elmhurst, Tricia Echevarria of Howard Beach, Connie Grazia of Glendale, Richard Giovelli of Howard Beach, Rachel Marks of Forest Hills, Candace Chu of Middle Village.Peter Basile of Brooklyn, Mary Jacob of Ozone Park, Dorothy Amodeo of Ozone Park, Helen Quinn of Howard Beach, Linda Medford of Middle Village, Madeline Del Guidice of Middle Village, Ellen Leonbruno of Middle Village and National Grid, Bob Schwartz of Rego Park, Chronicle Editorial Production Manager Terry Nusspickel, Doris and Lou Litt of Rego Park, Caroline Maffetone of Forest Hills, Robert and Caryn Perlman of Forest Hills, Veronica and Jason Dunlop of Forest Hills, Helen Borowik of Ozone Park, Elaine Brill of Rego Park, Dan Andrews of the Borough President’s Office, Dolores Kordova of Rego Park, Indira Jagroup of Hollis, Karyn Mooney of Maspeth, Pat Miller of Middle Village, Judy and Eric G. of Forest Hills and Diana Rivello of Forest Hills.
Just in case you haven’t delivered your presents to the Chronicle office yet, here are excerpts from a few wish list letters to Santa from children at the Kings Inn:
Anna would like an Easy Bake ultimate oven, Crayola marker airbrush kit and Monster High dolls.
Eden, 5, would like a football, basketball or baseball and mitt, action figures and dinosaur toys.
Natasha, 2, asks for a doll and a doll stroller and a black Barbie doll.
The mother of Alice, 2 1/2, says they recently moved to the Kings Inn. Her daughter would like a doll house with dolls, learning DVDs and “a little girl toy for me to cuddle.”
Unwrapped items may be dropped off Monday through Friday until Dec. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd., in Rego Park, about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
After business hours, presents may be left at Barosa restaurant, next door to the Chronicle at 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd., or Barosa Brick Oven Pizza at 62-37.
Please leave your name and where you live with any gifts brought after hours so we may thank you later.
And don’t forget the many teens who live in these shelters. Popular gifts for them include makeup, cologne and perfume, scarf sets, jewelry, basketballs and T-shirts.
Thanks again for your generosity.