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Toy Drive Update

3.	L to R - Michelle Miller, Angela Taylor, Vivian Spady, Mary Jo Jacobs (photo credit:  Olivia Ecker)
3. L to R - Michelle Miller, Angela Taylor, Vivian Spady, Mary Jo Jacobs (photo credit: Olivia Ecker)
Despite a snowstorm, New Rochelle residents turned out to support a toy drive organized by Big Viv and the Salvation Army at the Poet’s Corner on Saturday, December 14th. Vivian Spady and Mary Jo Jacobs collaborated to collect donations for New Rochelle children, assisted by Merry Go Round and Educational Tools and Toys, both of which took toy orders over the phone.  "The turn out was terrific," says Vivian Spady, "and we're not done yet!" She says it’s not too late to join friends and neighbors in this effort: Merry Go Round will continue to take orders for donations through December 23rd.  “You can call Merry Go Round at 632-4119 or stop by at 188 North Avenue,’ adds Mary Jo Jacobs.

"People ask what will we do if we get too many toys?"  says Michelle Miller of the Salvation Army. "Any remaining toys will be  given as birthday gifts throughout the year -- just another opportunity for a child to feel connected and loved."

Vivian Spady and Mary Jo Jacobs expressed thanks to all the remarkable volunteers in our community, including Guru Madeline Peters, who generously hosted the effort at Poet's Corner; Alvin and Friends restaurant, which donated candy canes and a gift card (which was awarded to one of the lucky donors), and Greg at Merry Go Round and Rosa at Educational Tools and Toys, as well as all the volunteers that walked in and called in orders.  "Faces glow when people are doing a nice thing,” Mary Jo Jacobs observed. “The volunteers were expert wrappers and had a great time. The turn out was heart-warming and holiday spirit filled Poet's Corner. It was just wonderful."  


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