With the recent statistic quoted by former President Clinton that 49% of American families are under the poverty line, it's good to see that there is an organized push to make sure people are feed and that every child has a gift for the holiday season.
Children from PS 205 to make donation of the first toy of the season
WCS expands toy and food collection to all five WCS zoos and aquarium
Toy and food donors will receive a free ticket
to the Bronx Zoo or New York Aquarium
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Bronx, NY – Nov. 14, 2011 – On Wednesday, November 16, Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene will join officials from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and children from PS 205 at the Bronx Zoo’s Dancing Crane Café to kick-off Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s holiday toy drive.
In honor of the start of the holiday season, school children from PS 205 will be on hand to donate the first toys of the year.
Who: Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene
John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs
School children from PS205
What: Kick-off event for the Borough President’s Annual Toy Drive
Where: WCS’s Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
10:30 am – 11:30 am
The partnership between the Bronx Zoo and the Borough President on the toy drive has become an annual tradition. The Bronx Zoo will serve as a collection point for new, unwrapped toys donated by members of the community. Toys will be collected through the end of December and will be distributed by the Borough President’s office to underprivileged members of the community.
WCS is partnering with City Harvest to collect food for underprivileged New Yorkers. Food collected from food drive helps provide nutritious meals every day to people in New York City who turn to food assistance programs. City Harvest needs a variety of canned, packaged and nonperishable foods to feed people in need. Some of the most-needed foods include canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter (plastic jars), macaroni and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-size).*
In appreciation for their generosity, those who make a qualifying donation of a new, unwrapped toy and/or ten food items at the Bronx Zoo between Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 31 will receive a free ticket to the Bronx Zoo.
From Saturday, November 19 through Saturday December 31, the zoos will collect toys for underprivileged children. Visitors can bring their new, unwrapped toys to designated drop-off points at each of the WCS parks for distribution by the Borough President’s office.
The Wildlife Conservation Society would like to thank the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Bronx Toys for their generosity and support of the toy and food drives.