Toys are on the march around Huntington as Christmas grows near and institutions and the town’s many nonprofits and volunteers are busy collecting and distributing them to children.
For the third year, Bethpage Federal Credit Union is purchasing holiday gifts for families through its support of Options for Community Living (Options), a not-for-profit that provides high quality housing and services for vulnerable Long Islanders.
With the help of employees, Bethpage has provided holiday gifts to over 500 Long Islanders since its support of Options for Community Living began in 2021. This year, Bethpage Federal Credit Union is purchasing holiday gifts for 60 families, totaling 187 individuals.
On Saturday, a Holiday Blessings Tour will set up at Walt Whitman High School, distributing food and toys.
Huntington Assembly of God is hosting several events in the next week, including:
Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Helping Hand is having its 59th annual Christmas celebration, with thousands of gifts being given out.
Sunday, 2 pm, the Huntington Station Latin Quarter party will once again deliver toys to dozens of children.
Parents will be picking up gifts starting next week at Tri-CYA from donations made through Project Toy. Local nonprofits, and companies, including restaurants, the charitable groups Moonjumpers and Junior Welfare League,the offices of elected officials, religious groups, first responders, school districts and others have been conducting drives for weeks for delivery in the next several days.
This year’s fundraisers included a Taco Toy Crawl, with participants stopping off at Mission Taco, Oaxacam Tony’s Tacos, Faz’s Tex-Mex Grill and Pancho Villa’s that have supported the toy drive, with participants buying meals and donating cash or toys to those in need.