Helping Hands in West Islip, Inc. will be accepting donations of new and almost-new children’s toys (no used games or puzzles please) and other gift items on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from 3:00-5:30PM at the American Legion Hall, 340 Union Boulevard, West Islip (across from firehouse), for distribution to local charities. Everyone is welcome to stay to help wrap (please bring your own scissors and tape), it’s a great time for children to see firsthand how generous our community is. Scouts and students who help can earn community service hours. Last year we collected over 5,000 toys and this year in the wake of Hurricane Sandy the need is so much greater.
As yours may be the only gift a child receives, we can accept only new or near-new used toys and gifts such as children’s books tied together, lunch boxes filled with assorted goodies, cute bags of small bath and personal items or inexpensive jewelry for older youth, who are often overlooked. We ask that all items bear the traditional HH touch of a ribbon with candy cane, lollipop or small toy attached and that all items be labeled with the sex and suggested age of the child.