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Toys for Tots a Top Charity in the Villages

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – There are plenty of ways to give back and help out others this holiday season, but it can also be as easy as donating a new toy. Toys for Tots is the charity of choice among local seniors this holiday season and they’re encouraging others to get involved too.

“The seniors like to give back to the community and we usually pick an organization or a group,” said Pierrette Rissland, the director of senior services in Ardsley and a Dobbs Ferry senior advocate.  “Sometimes we knit hats and scarves.  This year the seniors decided to put their efforts in Toys for Tots.”

Rissland said the decision to donate to this charity was an easy one for seniors due to how involved Dobbs Ferry village clerk Liz Dreaper is in the effort.  Dreaper has been involved with Toys for Tots since she got out of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983.

“It’s kind of like a brotherhood,” Dreaper said.  “When you get out you try to do stuff to help out fellow Marines and families.”

Being so heavily involved in the charity, Dreaper said she even accepts donations up until the very last minute.

“I’ve had people come in on Dec. 23 and dropped off bags of stuff,” she said.  “I don’t care I’ll take it right up to Christmas Day and then I’ll take it over to storage.”

The seniors from the quad villages, including Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Ardsley and Irvington, donate to charities together each year and they knew exactly which one to pick this year.

“This is good, people give a lot to the seniors, but the seniors give a lot back,” Rissland said.  “They don’t forget.”

Donations are still coming in and the toys will be given out in the upcoming holiday season.  There are not many requirements when donating toys to the charity either.

“As long as the toy’s new and unwrapped, that’s about the only request,” Dreaper said.

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