Volunteers from PSEG-LI, Moonjumpers, Suffolk County Police and others wrapped toys this week for families in need.
PSEG-LI’s Ray Homburger, manager of customer experiences, was busy wrapping presents Thursday, even as families stopped by to pick out toys, stocking stuffers and books for their children. He said the utility had had about 30 volunteers at the Tri-CYA office in Huntington Station, helping the organization assist nearly 1,000 local families this year.
Tri-CYA and Family Service League united in identifying and coordinating the project, which is in its 25th year.
“PSEG-LI is not just about keeping the lights on,” Homburger said. “We really are into giving back to the community.”
Donations for Project TOY came in from individuals, hair salons, school districts, community groups, banks, political offices, lawyers and many others. Donor names were pinned to the walls of the Tri-CYA office during the holiday gift boutique.
Robert Benson of the Moonjumpers Charitable Organization said the group had sponsored nine bowling events to raise $125,000 to donate to the project. “Thanks to PSEG-LI, we were able to give more.”
Cheryl Blum, an active volunteer around Huntington, said, “It’s such a joyful event. I like to imagine kids opening presents on Christmas morning.”