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200 Children Get Toys for Tots in NYC

By Benjamin Chasteen
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 20, 2012 Last Updated: December 20, 2012
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Kindergartener Isabella Alfonzo receives a Jasmine Princess Disney Doll from Santa Claus at PS 189 from the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots and Dad's Away foundation on Dec. 20. With support from (L-R) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Kilbride of the Toys for Tots program, Tommy Causi, VP of Dad's Away program, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Assemblywoman-elect Gabriela Rosa. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

Kindergartener Isabella Alfonzo receives a Jasmine Princess Disney Doll from Santa Claus at PS 189 from the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots and Dad's Away foundation on Dec. 20. With support from (L-R) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Kilbride of the Toys for Tots program, Tommy Causi, VP of Dad's Away program, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Assemblywoman-elect Gabriela Rosa. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

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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(L-R) Tommy Causi, VP of Dad's Away program, Assemblywoman-elect Gabriela Rosa, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Santa Claus, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Kilbride of the Toys for Tots program, pose together before giving children gifts in New York City on Dec. 20. (Deborah Yun/The Epoch Times)

(L-R) Tommy Causi, VP of Dad's Away program, Assemblywoman-elect Gabriela Rosa, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Santa Claus, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Kilbride of the Toys for Tots program, pose together before giving children gifts in New York City on Dec. 20. (Deborah Yun/The Epoch Times)

 

A child in the New York community receives a gift from Santa, sponsored by the Dad's Away foundation and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

A child in the New York community receives a gift from Santa, sponsored by the Dad's Away foundation and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

 

A little boy in the New York community receives a football from Santa, sponsored by the Dad's Away foundation and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. (Deborah Yun/The Epoch Times)

A little boy in the New York community receives a football from Santa, sponsored by the Dad's Away foundation and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. (Deborah Yun/The Epoch Times)




   

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