The 2011 “do something GOOD for the holidays” Guide, Part one

Here at WestchesterHappening.com, we LOVE the holidays!  The spirit, the festive atmosphere…family and friends coming together to share joy and wonder!  But how many families are there in Westchester that cannot afford the type of holiday that many of us take for granted?  This year, we invite you to give back just a little for the season.  We present to you our Guide to “do something good” for the holidays.  Here is Part One…our Focus on the TOYS FOR TOTS program, and information on how to get involved!

It might seem like just another toy to you. But for a child in need, a brand-new toy can deliver a message of hope that will assist them in becoming responsible and productive adults. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM is to collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

In Westchester, it is the Marine Corps League that coordinates this huge operation every year.  According to the Program Coordinator, Paymaster Lu Caldera, “The Marine Corps League, in Westchester, has been involved in the “Toys for Tots” program since the mid 60’s. Making a difference in a child’s life has had immeasurable rewards for those of us involved in this all-volunteer effort; the donors, the volunteers and the recipient organizations. The affected age groups are from newborn through 18 and, as I call it, the used, abused and forgotten children of our communities. Each individual’s contribution does make a difference.”

How can you get involved?

1) Become a toy drop site and collect toys at your business location. Ideal locations have lots of customers and foot traffic.

2) Make a monetary donation online. No amount is too small – every donation helps!

3) Donate toys at your local drop off site.  Children of all ages need that special gift.  Each year, there are certain age/gender groups that do not receive enough toys through donations. Please consider donating a toy for an older boy/girl (12+ years of age) as well as toys for ages 18 months up.

Toy donation guidelines:

The best donations are sporting goods, toy cars/planes/boats, dolls (Barbie, G. I. Joe, etc.), board games, books, bicycles, scooters, puzzles, models, hand-held video games and small electronics. Please consider when selecting a toy, keep in mind it may be the only one a child will receive.

In WESTCHESTER, there are so many drop off locations, that is it easy to participate.  Here is a full listing, by community, as provided by the Marine Corps League, or you can view their website here:

ARDSLEY:

General Motors TC: 425 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley

Ardsley Children’s Center:  2 Concord Road, Ardsley

ARMONK:

Swiss Re:  175 King Street, Armonk

BEDFORD:

Coldwell Banker:  30 Village Green, Bedford

Learning Express of Bedford:  434 Old Post Road, Bedford

BRIARCLIFF MANOR:

Mark Seiden Real Estate:  1238 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor

Three Dogs Bakery:  510 N State Road, Briarcliff Manor

USI Northeast:  555 Pleasantville Road, #16, Briarcliff Manor

BRONXVILLE:

Coldwell Banker-Carlson:  105 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

Lawrence Hospital:  55 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville

People’s United Bank:  111 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville

Weezie D:  15 Park Place, Bronxville

BUCHANAN:

Buchanan Elementary School:  160 Westchester Avenue, Buchanan

CROTON:

Croton Harmon Schools:  36 Old Post Road South, Croton

Wells Fargo Bank:  50 Maple Street, Croton

Wells Fargo Bank:  5 Baltic Place, Croton

DOBBS FERRY:

Dobbs Ferry Village Clerk: Village Hall, Dobbs Ferry

ELMSFORD:

Elmsford Fire Department: 144 E. Main Street, Elmsford

Met Life:  565 Taxter Road, #630, Elmsford

Prestige Custom Cycles:  12a W. Main Street, Elmsford

Westchester Broadway Theatre:  1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford

Westy Storage:  395 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford

GREENBURGH:

Fairview Fire Department: 19 Rosemont Boulevard, Greenburgh

HARRISON:

GlobeOp Financial Services: 1 South Road, Harrison

Ivy Rehab:  550 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison

HARTSDALE:

Jiffy Cleaners:  259 S. Central Park Avenue, Hartsdale

HASTINGS ON HUDSON:

Hastings Recreation:  44 Main Street, Hastings

HAWTHORNE:

Johnson Controls:  8 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne

Turner Logistics:  4 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne

LARCHMONT:

Center for Autism:  1890 Palmer Avenue, #404, Larchmont

Collins Bros:  620 5th Avenue, Larchmont

MAMARONECK:

Little Flower Nursery School:  310 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck

People’s United Bank:  1444 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck

Sarah Neuman:  845 Palmer Avenue, Mamaroneck

Soundview Service/Gulf:  600 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck

MOUNT KISCO:

People’s United Bank:  14 S. Moger Avenue, Mount Kisco

MOUNT VERNON:

Maggie Spillane’s:  571 Gramatan Avenue, Mount Vernon

NEW ROCHELLE:

Chris Greco:  271 North Avenue, #1016, New Rochelle

Land Rover:  1 East Main Street, New Rochelle

Murray, Schoen & Homer:  71 North Avenue, New Rochelle

New Rochelle Fire Department:  756 North Avenue, New Rochelle

NYSC:  175 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle

Sutton Park Nursing and Rehab:  31 Lockwood Ave, New Rochelle

OSSINING:

Emigrant Savings Bank:  13 Croton Avenue, Ossining

M&T Bank:  246 S. Highland Avenue, Ossining

Ossining PBA-Village:  88 Spring Street, Ossining

Travel Agency Alliance:  232 N. Highland Avenue, Ossining

PEEKSKILL:

Tutor Time:  50 Dayton Lane, Peekskill

PELHAM:

Component Assembly Systems:  620 5th Avenue, Pelham

Olivia Finton:  629 Ely Avenue, Pelham

Westchester Insurance Professionals:  330 Fifth Avenue, Pelham

PLEASANTVILLE:

Breaking Ground Dance:  101 Caselton Street, #201, Pleasantville

PORT CHESTER:

Feinsod True Value:  43 N. Main Street, Port Chester

POUND RIDGE:

Pound Ridge PBA:  77 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY

RYE:

Rye Police Department:  21 McCullough Place, Rye

Rye United Methodist Church: 964 Boston Post Road, Rye

Weezie D.:  20 Purchase Street, Rye

SCARSDALE:

American Legends:  1107 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale

Claire D. Leone Associates:  29 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale

Eastchester Fire Department:  Wilmot Road, Scarsdale

Engel & Volkers:  300 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale

LF Stores:  5 Boniface Road, Scarsdale

People’s United Bank:  977 Central Avenue, Scarsdale

Scardale Fire Department:  50 Tomkins Place, Scarsdale

Scarsdale Police Department:  50 Tomkins Place, Scarsdale

Westchester Choice Realty:  105 Garth Road, Scarsdale

TARRYTOWN:

Janney Montgomery:  660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown

Regus, Inc.:  520 White Plains Road, #50, Tarrytown

Siemans Healthcare Diagnostic:  511 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown

THORNWOOD:

Finnegan’s Grill:  1006 Broadway, Thornwood

People’s United Bank:  59 Kensico Road, Thornwood

TUCKAHOE:

Storage Deluxe:  40 Marbledale Road, Tuckahoe

VALHALLA:

Kensico School:  320 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla

Tax Consultants:  401 Columbus Avenue, 1st Floor, Valhalla

WHITE PLAINS:

Acadia Realty:  1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

Amalgamated Life Insurance:  333 Westchester Ave, White Plains

Arcadis:  44 South Broadway, White Plains

Benfield Electric:  56 Lafayette Avenue, White Plains

BLT Steak, Ritz Carlton:  221 Main Street, White Plains

Century 21/Schneider Realty:  255 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

Cushman & Wakefield: 44 S. Broadway, White Plains

Emigrant Savings Bank:  33 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

KeyMasters:  375 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

March of Dimes:  1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

Mercedes-Benz of White Plains:  50 Bank Street, White Plains

Misys:  123 Main Street, White Plains

Nine West:  1129 Westchester Avenue, White Plains

NYSC:  City Center, White Plains

People’s United Bank:  14 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

ProMed Properties:  220 Westchester Avenue, White Plains

Ritz-Carlton Residence:  1 Renaissance Square, White Plains

Peter Tangredi Law:  202 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

The Journal News:  1 Gannett Drive, White Plains

ToysRUs:  60 South Broadway, White Plains

USMC Recruiting:  20 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

Westchester Road Runner:  179 East Post Road, White Plains

Windsor Communities:  2 Canfield Avenue, White Plains

YONKERS:

AVR Realty:  1 Executive Boulevard, Yonkers

Dr. John Constantine:  300 Kimball Avenue, Yonkers

EB Brands:  4 Executive Boulevard, Yonkers

Honda Used Cars:  Central Avenue, Yonkers

Dr. Modi:  984 N. Broadway, Yonkers

Performance Rehab:  955 Yonkers Ave, #109, Yonkers

ToysRUs:  1000 Central Avenue, Yonkers

Yonkers DMV:  1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers

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