NEW YORK—Over 200 children, ages 5–12, from areas around the community at PS 189 were full of joy and bright smiles Thursday as the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, Dad’s Away foundation, City Council members, school staff, and Santa Clause gave a toy to each of the children who might not have the opportunity to receive presents this year.
Kindergartener Isabella Alfonzo, who received a Jasmine Princess Disney Doll said she felt very happy about getting her new toy, which she hugged tight as she left.
“This is something very important to me because it is joyful to see these young children happy, playful, and enjoying the season,” said Tommy Causi, vice president of Dad’s Away program who has been doing this for six years now.
“It is a good feeling, a wonderful feeling, it is nice to see happy children, and see all of these kids together,” he said.
The Dad’s Away program is “dedicated to improving the lives of children from single parent homes as well as the sons and daughters of those currently incarcerated and those serving overseas in the military.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez expressed his gratitude, “I welcome any opportunity to give back to my community. … During this time of year we must remember those who are not as fortunate and ensure that their holidays are as joyous as they can be.”
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