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Statewide drive begins Dec. 9
√ Shipped packages to be accepted at Empire State Plaza
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York's annual statewide holiday donation drive to benefit families in need across New York will begin on Dec. 9. Donations of new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies are being sought to assist community-based organizations during the holiday giving season.
"Now more than ever, it's important for New Yorkers to look out for one another during the holiday season," Hochul said. "From the pandemic to Hurricane Ida, our fellow New Yorkers have experienced so much hardship this year, and that's why we must all come together to look out for the least fortunate among us. I encourage every New Yorker with the means to do so to make a donation to New York's annual toy and coat drive, putting smiles on the faces of children across the state and helping them to have a warm, happy holiday."
The Office of General Services has set up drop-off locations across the state for businesses and individuals to bring the new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies, which will be distributed to families in underserved communities throughout New York. COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of those dropping off donations, including social distancing, and access to hand sanitizer. Masks are required.
The local drop-off location is the Electric Tower, 535 Washington St., Buffalo. Packages ordered online can be shipped to the following location:
NYS Holiday Drive
Empire State Plaza
P1 South Dock J
Albany, New York 12242