Toys for Tots opens temporary commercial space in Stamford
After months of struggling to find a venue space, the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots has found a commercial space in Stamford. Now, veterans are working on spreading some holiday cheer to children in need this holiday.
It's all made possible with the help of Jerry Kiley, who allowed Toys for Tots to use his commercial space this season.
"It just made total sense to allow them to use the space for such a good cause," said Kiley.
The organization collects toys around the country. This shop is collecting for kids in the lower Fairfield County area.
"They transformed the space. It actually looks like a store, they've done a really good job," Kiley said.
Chris Munger, who served in the Marines, first started volunteering for Toys for Tots in the 1950s. He loves to see the smiles of the kids and parents who need a little extra cheer.
"They're worrying about putting food on the table, paying the rent, and this is one little way we can help out," he said.
The dedication is palpable. George Ducanic has been here for 30 years and says he hopes he'll be around for another 30.
This year, they are honoring longtime volunteer Ray Bolling, who died last month.
Toys for Tots distributed more than 20,000 toys last year and is hoping to distribute even more this year.
The organization needs toys for the 10- to 12-year-old age group.
Toys for Tots wanted to extend thanks and appreciation to some of the people who have helped the organization. Toys for Tots thanked Jerry Kiley for letting them use the commercial space for the distribution center, Lone Star of Stamford owner Fulvio Tamburro for donating gas the past two years, and Marco Siguencia of MS Irrigation and Lighting LLC for getting the place ready. Toys for Tots also wished to extend gratitude to Debbie Pratley and Connie and Danny Degruttola.