Thanks to our readers, the Queens Chronicle’s 17th annual Holiday Toy Drive has ended with presents overflowing for less fortunate youngsters.
Children living in the city’s Metro family homeless shelter in Elmhurst and the Briarwood will have a happy holiday this year as well as youngsters in programs with the River Fund New York, a nonprofit that assists families and is headquartered in Richmond Hill.
There are many people to thank for this successful drive that began right before Thanksgiving and ended on Tuesday. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) donated several bags of toys from his drive.
Then there’s Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who let his district office be used as a drop-off location for toys as did Barosa restaurant and Barosa to Go, located on either side of the Chronicle office.
Special thanks to Margery and Jason Garcia of Middle Village, who held a holiday party and asked all their guests to bring toys for our drive. Not only did they comply, but they donated expensive items such as themed Barbie dolls and computer learning toys. They are Jose and Martha Murillo, Joranny Murillo, Marelo and Yury Garcia, Anyul Sanchez, Adeleida Murillo and family and Maribel and Rolando.
Others who came to our Rego Park office with toys included: Dolores Korgbainer of Rego Park, Richard Weyhausen of Flushing, Elaine Brill of Rego Park, the DiCristo family of Maspeth, Fran O’Kane of Middle Village, Ron and Noreen Niles of Woodhaven, Carmella Ceran of Howard Beach, Joan Sorti of Woodhaven, Maureen Muller of Howard Beach, Stacey Honderich of Oakland Gardens, Pat Van Dien of Howard Beach, Tom Eaton of Rego Park, Eileen Buraczewski of Middle Village, Jennifer Nicoletta of Ozone Park, Chris Ward of Woodhaven, Mary Grace Forgione of Ridgewood and Connie Pafundi, Suzanne Rodriguez of Rising Stars Dance Studio in Richmond Hill and Suzanne and about 30 “cast members” from the Disney Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, LI.
A special shout-out goes to Santa’s helper, Lisa LiCausi, Chronicle office manager, and her elves, who picked up toys from Ozone Park and helped organize all the donations tor the three organizations.
And to all our readers who so generously contributed, a blessed holiday season to you and your