By Sabina Mollot
Readers of Town & Village have once again made the holidays a little brighter for children stuck in hospital rooms as well as the families utilizing the outpatient clinics run by Mount Sinai Beth Israel by donating over 200 toys to this newspaper’s annual drive.
This year’s haul included an impressive mix of gifts for kids of all ages, including art supplies, science sets, a remote controlled helicopter, dolls and doll outfits, sports equipment and numerous cute stuffed animals.
Bonnie Robbins, PhD, coordinator of children and family services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, noted in recent years it’s been especially difficult to gather enough toys to meet the needs of patients. This is due to the economy as well as other factors like drives for larger organizations competing for the support of individuals as well as toy retailers.
Therefore, this community drive has become a source the hospital relies upon more than ever before.
“We’re just incredibly grateful for the community’s generosity and concern,” said Robbins.
“Without their donations, we would not be able to provide gifts for many families, who otherwise wouldn’t have any. For many it’s a choice of food or clothes as opposed to gifts for their kids. We really do rely on the kindness of strangers.”
The staff of Town & Village would like to thank our incredible readers for their generosity, not to mention the generosity of our partners on this endeavor, CompassRock/CWCapital, the management of Waterside Plaza and M&T Bank on First Avenue and 23rd Street for providing convenient toy dropoff points.