Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today deployed members of his cabinet to coordinate the distribution of over 48,000 donated toys to New York families in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Today, Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, NYS Homes & Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns, and Secretary of State Cesar Perales visited locations in Staten Island, Far Rockaway and Nassau County to help distribute the toys.
For many families in the areas most devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it is a difficult time to celebrate this holiday season, Governor Cuomo said. But with the generosity of the Toy Industry Foundation, our corporate partners and individual New Yorkers, over 48,000 toys have been collected to help brighten the holidays for the children affected by the storm.
As New York families are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, it is heartening to know that children can still partake in the joy of the holiday season and let their imaginations run free with new toys, said New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales. I commend Governor Cuomo for this effort and thank our corporate leaders for their generous donations.
Governor Cuomo has been a leader in so many aspects of Hurricane Sandy relief, Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said. We are happy that we were able to use state office buildings as a collection point for the numerous state employees and community members statewide who wanted to donate toys to help make the holiday season easier for families who lost everything in the storm.
Of the donations, the Toy Industry Foundation provided 40,000 toys which they distributed to organizations across the impacted downstate region. Over 8,000 toys were donated by Walmart, Sears, PSE&G, and Carnegie Hall and through the Governors NY Gives toy drive at state office buildings and the New York State Democratic Committee. In addition, Toys-R-Us donated 50 gift cards worth $100 each, for a total donation of $5,000. These donations will be delivered to various locations in New York City and Long Island for distribution.
The Toy Industry Foundation is happy to be able to share the joy of toys and play with children in need, right in our own backyard, said Jean Butler, Executive Director, Toy Industry Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the North American toy industry. Many local communities are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and our hope is that these toys will help to restore some normalcy to their everyday lives and help make the holidays a little bit brighter.
Dave Daly, PSE&G Vice President, said, PSEG Long Island is pleased to join in this effort to help make the holiday season a little brighter for families -- and especially children -- still feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy. We commend Governor Cuomo and his staff for organizing this campaign.
Lou DAmbrosio, Sears Holdings CEO and President, said, During this special time of year, we are thinking about the families, and particularly the children, hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. We are pleased to donate toys for some holiday cheer and smiles for the many children that were impacted. Sears remains fully committed to helping our communities and customers during this difficult period of recovery. We thank Governor Cuomo for spearheading this initiative.
Those families impacted by Sandy remain in our hearts and minds, especially during the holidays, said Julie Murphy, Senior Vice President of Walmart. At Walmart, well continue to do our part to help in the recovery effort and hope this donation of toys will bring a little joy to over a thousand local children. We thank Governor Cuomo for his continued leadership during this time and appreciate the opportunity to lend a helping hand.