Toy drive is on for Staten Island’s Hurricane Sandy kids

By Virginia N. Sherry Staten Island Advance

oys like these are being collected by Where To Turn and the Secret Sandy Claus Project on behalf of victims of Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island Advance

Toys like these are being collected by Where To Turn and the Secret Sandy Claus Project on behalf of victims of Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Where to Turn — in partnership with the Secret Sandy Claus Project — plans to distribute 15,000 toys during the upcoming holiday season.

The initiative, reaching from New Jersey to Long Island, includes 13 locations on Staten Island where donors wishing to spread holiday cheer are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys for kids still reeling from Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.

Sandy survivors, with FEMA assistance numbers and proper identification, are invited to shop for free at Where to Turn’s Sandy Holiday Toy Store, in donated space at 1547 Arthur Kill Rd. in New Springville.

The store will be open daily from Dec. 7 to Dec. 24, from noon to 7 p.m. There is a limit of two toys per child, and a maximum of six toys per family.

The primary drop-off location on Staten Island is at Where to Turn, at 150-L Greaves Lane in Great Kills (phone: 718-966-6531).

Here are the other locations accepting toys; please call to confirm hours


West Brighton
State Assemblyman Matthew Titone
853 Forest Ave.

St. George
State Senator Diane Savino
36 Richmond Terr., Room 112


Council Member Vincent Ignizio and
State Senator Andrew Lanza
3944 Richmond Ave.

Great Kills
Danielle’s French Cleaners
61 Giffords Lane
718- 948-4674

Great Kills
Luxe Salon and Spa
3986 Amboy Rd.

Richmond Valley
State Assemblyman Joseph Borelli
101 Tyrellan Ave., Suite 200


Midland Beach
State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
586B Midland Ave.

New Dorp
Dragon Kim’s Karate School
272 New Dorp Lane
718- 979-5400


Councilman James Oddo
900 South Ave., Suite 403

Bulls Head
State Assemblyman Michael Cusick
1911 Richmond Ave.

New Springville
Rocco Laurie Intermediate School (I.S. 72)
33 Ferndale Ave.

Showplace Entertainment Center
141 East Service Rd.

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