This is it — the last chance to contribute to the Queens Chronicle’s 18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive, which will benefit needy children who are homeless, are staying in a shelter because of domestic violence or lost everything when Hurricane Sandy hit.
We hope you can be a part of it.
Children staying at the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst and the Dove House shelter in eastern Queens, along with those who were flooded out in South Queens and the Rockaways, need you.
This being the last week of the toy drive, let’s cut to the chase: the letters to Santa. Those were written by the children at Metro and the Dove House (the Sandy children, whose gifts will be distributed by the Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church and Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, are not all staying in certain locations and were not asked to write letters).
While some of the children simply wished Santa Claus well, or asked for things you can’t provide, such as “a new home for me and mommy,” others had specific requests. Or in the case of the many infants at the shelters, their mothers did.
Here’s what some of the children we hope you can help have asked for for Christmas:
• Julius, 5, would like Sonic the Hedgehog dolls and a Lightning McQueen remote control car.
• Currell, 2, hopes for a jumbo gym, cans of Infamil, a bouncy chair, clothes and books.
• Justine, 14, asks for size 8 Ugg boots, size 5 Hollister jeans, size 5 Burberry shirts and a Juicy Couture necklace and bracelet set.
•Kizzy would like black size 8 Ugg boots, black flats, Levi’s jeans in size 16-14 and Play-doh.
• Kymani, Kizzy’s brother, is hoping for Hot Wheels cars, Bob the Builder toys and Thomas the Tank Engine.
• Carlos, 3, is looking forward to a size 4T snow suit and LeapFrog toys.
• Quaron, 9, just asked for a Mario Smash Brothers game for the Wii system.
• La-Nyah, 3 1/2, would like Dora the Explorer toys and books.
• Glory is only a month and a half old, and she hopes to get a carrier her mother can use to carry her around because it’s tough to always use the stroller, along with size 1 Pampers.
• Evan, 9 months, likes any toy that’s musical and educational, and would also like a walker to help him learn to walk.
• Damien, 4, would like anything you might give him, but he’s interested in karate and playing baseball and football.
• Lanniyah, 3, asked for a magical wand Cinderella doll, Little Mommy Doctor check up doll, a Bratz doll and warm pajamas in size 3T.
• Liam, 2 months, could use clothes for those ages 3 to 6 months.
• Liam’s eldest sister, Arianna, is 4, and would really love to get a unicorn. She wears size 5T to 6T clothes and size 11 1/2 shoes.
• Liam and Arianna’s sister, Alexia, 2, needs clothes in size 3T to 4T and shoes in size 7, and she’d like a princess doll.
• Danielle hopes to get a toy puppy that barks.
• Michelle, 2, would like a baby doll.
• Artie asked for a remote control helicopter and the Diary of a Kid book series.
• Carlos would like a remote control motorcycle.
• Missaprie would like an Adidas track suit and Hollister Cardiff jacket, both large size and black.
• Damay, 7 months, asked for a Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn musical table.
• Aleece, 1, could use a teething ring and a Winnie the Pooh doll.
These are just some of the children we hope you can get a gift for. As you see, they range in age, needs and wants. But they all need the Christmas spirit brought to life, and that’s where you can make a difference.
Each week we thank those who contributed gifts over the prior seven days, and there are a slew of them this time around. Our thanks, and those of everyone involved in the drive — as well as, above all, the children and their parents — go out to Terry Ventrice of Ozone Park, Dorothy Comreck of Maspeth, Tom McCarthy of Woodhaven, Ann Whyte of Forest Hills, Marshal Capuano, Pat Miller of Middle Village, Linda Wood of Howard Beach, the Wisnewski family of Elmhurst, Caroline Maffetone of Rego Park, Johanna Pajuelo of Woodhaven, Merryl Casanova and the teachers from PS 206 in Rego Park, the Scarpati family of Howard Beach, R. and J. Jacobs of Forest Hills, Cathy Chirichella of Ridgewood, Marilyn Latanaca of Rego Park, Tom Eaton of Rego Park and Linda and Jim Dobson of Middle Village.
Quite a list! Here’s how you can get on it for next week:
Please bring new and unwrapped presents to our office from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. We’re at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, about a quarter mile south of Long Island Expressway Exit 19, on the east side of the street, one door from the corner of 62nd Road.
After business hours, gifts may be dropped off next door at Barosa restaurant, at 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd., or Barosa Brick Oven Pizza, at 62-37. Please leave your name and the name of your community with any gifts brought after hours so we may thank you later along with the donors who come to our office directly.
We’ll be taking gifts until Dec. 20 so our partner organizations have enough time to give them to the children by Christmas. If you have any questions, call us at (718) 205-8000.