Special Events Coordinator Michele Yaskel summarizes the outcome of the annual Christmas time toy drive, which was complicated due to COVID. Going forward, the QL drive may be phased out, or simplified into a personal project of Yaskel’s given the increased logistical difficulties.
“The toy drive this difficult year went along very nicely, in spite of many restrictions. Queens Libertarians gave out a total of 98 toys. Forty-seven new toys were donated to NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children). Someone from NYFAC with a car came to my house to pick up the toys that were collected from QL members and others who gave. Frank Scafo of NYFAC was the contact person. He and his wife Debbie put together bags of toys that were handed out to NYFAC families on Sat., Dec. 12th and Sun., Dec. 13th, by appointment from a parking lot gathered from wish lists filled out ahead of time.
Frank told me everything went well. I personally gave out 46 toys to the Here We Grow daycare center in South Ozone Park. The children chose from two bags of toys that I brought. It went well also. Then I walked on my block and gave out five additional toys. Everyone was happy and grateful.”