We know that Queens Chronicle readers have been busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, but now that Christmas is in sight please don’t wait to bring in your gifts for our 17th annual Holiday Toy Drive.
The Chronicle office at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park has received a few donations of new, unwrapped toys but they are definitely trickling in. This year’s drive will run through Dec. 20, which is less than four weeks away.
Please don’t wait. The sooner we get your gifts, the sooner they can be sorted and readied for the youngsters. Recipients this year are children living at two city family shelters: the Metro in Elmhurst and the Briarwood, plus children in programs with the Richmond Hill-based River Fund New York.
Nothing tugs at the heartstrings like letters to Santa, especially from children who are without a home and are not expecting much in the way of gifts for Christmas. Here is a sampling:
Sandy, 11, said her mommy lost their apartment “so we don’t have enough money to go shopping for Christmas.” She asked for a jewelry necklace maker, friendship bracelet maker and Bratz dolls, and promised to leave Santa five cookies and some milk.
Andrea, 7, would like a stuffed kitten and an art set. “I am doing my bestest best to be a good girl,” she said.
Bree, 4, wants a baby doll and toy stroller, while Annie, 3, is asking for a Barbie doll and for Arden, 1, her younger sister, an Elmo toy.
Jimmy, 8, would like a Thomas the Tank toy train engine and for his sister, Emily, 15 months, a Bouncing Baby Alive. Jason, 2, wants two Leap Frog Tag activity books and a dinosaur train Roar ’N React Boris Tyrannosaurus T-Rex action figure.
Calvin, 2 1/2, said he’s been very good all year. “I would like you Santa to bring lots of toys to all the kids as well as myself and for my brother or sister who is on the way,” he said. His favorite toys are Buzz Light Year and all the characters from “Toy Story.”
Kelly, 12,would like an Easy Bake Oven and her brother, Kris, 2, wants a Hot Wheels toy truck. Delilah, 9, also wants an Easy Bake Oven and the Disney princess doll collection.
Other letters were written by the mothers of young children, who asked for books, baby toys and stuffed animals.
If you’re searching for other ideas, don’t overlook puzzles, coloring books and crayons, games, action figures and crafts. Teens prefer cosmetics, cologne and accessories such as scarves, jewelry and gloves.
The need is great. There are 150 children living at the Metro, 153 at Briarwood and about 800 served by River Fund programs, which among other things works with homeless families.
New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Chronicle office, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We are located one-quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway.
Please leave your name, organization, if it applies, and address at the front desk so we can thank you in upcoming editions.
Another drop-off location is the office of Councilman Eric Ulrich at 93-06 101 Ave. in Ozone Park. After-hours and on weekends, leave gifts next door to the Chronicle office at Barosa’s restaurant, 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd. or Barosa To Go at 62-37 Woodhaven Blvd.
We know you’ll be as generous as you have been in past years, and we look forward to seeing you soon.