With the holidays just on the horizon, there are many programs throughout the city to help those who are less fortunate. At State Senator Christine Tartaglione's office on the corner of Large and Bridge Streets, they are helping to do their part with a Toys for Tots box.
Office Manager John Duffy says the box has been there for about a week and will stay until December 10th.
"We get a good amount of toys each year," Duffy said. "Most people bring in one toy but a few will bring in a bunch. We always come through for the Marines. All employees bring in at least one toy to contribute"
Tartaglione's office is asking for the community to bring new, unwrapped toys to the office. They also have a location at 127 West Susquehanna Avenue. The offices are open from nine a.m. to five p.m. At Christmas, coordinators and other social welfare groups will help distribute the toys to needy children in the community.
"We've been handling the program for about five years now and there has been positive feedback from the community." Duffy said.
Since the Toys for Tots program started more than 50 years ago, nearly 400 million toys have been collected and distributed to millions of needy children at Christmas.
For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.
By Nicole Dalrymple and Shaun Gallagher Team 3: Northeast