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 well as other children in need by donating 406 toys to this newspaper’s annual drive.
The toys will be distributed throughout the pediatric department of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where some young patients are awaiting surgery, as well as to the children of patients who utilize the hospital’s network of opioid treatment centers. The vast majority of the patients are low-income.
“These toys mean so much to our families, many of whom struggle during the holiday season to make it a special time for their kids,” said Bonnie Robbins, PhD, coordinator of children and family services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “These gifts go a long way to giving our children a truly happy holiday.”
She added, “The generous outpouring of support from the community is heartwarming to the staff and patients of Mount Sinai Beth Israel.”
The abundance of donated items this year meant gifts will be available for children of all ages and include Star Wars action figures, crafts and jewelry making sets, art supplies, dolls, toy trucks, dollhouses and dozens of games. The gifts were distributed on Wednesday.
Town & Village’s partners on this longstanding community tradition are Blackstone/Stuy Town Property Services, the management of Waterside Plaza and M&T Bank on First Avenue and 23rd Street, who all provided convenient toy dropoff sites.
The staff of Town & Village would also like to say thank you and happy holidays to our generous readers and project partners.