RYE, N.Y. - The clock is ticking on the Rye Police Department's "Toys for Tots" toy drive as the final day to submit toys for 2011 is only days away. Although Dec. 20 is the deadline this year, the department will be accepting donations through the new year to be stored at "Toys for Tots" warehouse.
The department is in its sixth year of participation with the program that helps collect toys for the less fortunate during the holiday season.
Police Officer Michael Kenny called the program, "an outstanding way to reach out to needy kids." The drive's primary drop off site is open 24/7 and located at police headquarters on McCullogh Place in downtown Rye. City hall is also serving as an alternative drop off site during its regular operating hours.
The police department asks that donations come in the form of "new, unwrapped toys" for all ages from newborns to teenagers.
Kenny specifically stressed the importance of providing gifts for teenagers.
"We are hoping the community reaches out to that teenager group," he said. "They are the ones that seem to get overlooked for these kind of events."
Officer Dave Casale said the department is "happy to participate" and added that in addition to collecting toys, they are offering pick up services as well.
"This Friday, we are heading down to the Rye Golf Club to pick up about 60 or 70 toys for a corporate party," Casale said.
Casale also expressed gratitude toward the community for their continued support and effort.
"This year's turnout was excellent again, he said. This here is our second full shipment. Casale said pointing to an overflowing box of toys in the headquarters lobby.
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