Jack Kriskey gets award Greenwich’s Santa Claus brings ‘joy of Christmas’ to less fortunate kids

John Ferris Robben Jack Kriskey, at right, receives award from U.S. Marine Corps

Jack Kriskey, at right, receives award from U.S. Marine Corps –John Ferris Robben

Many children who might have otherwise gone without presents will find something under their tree on Christmas Day, thanks to the efforts of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots volunteers and donors.

The efforts in Greenwich have added more than 1,700 gifts to the cause, and $2,250 was raised for additional assistance. In recognition, Greenwich resident Jack Kriskey has been presented with the Commander’s Award, reported Lt. Kraig Gray, public information officer for the Greenwich Police Department, in a email message to the Post on Dec. 17.

Mr. Kriskey was given the award at the Marines Toys for Tots charity toy drive held at the Cos Cob firehouse. GPD Officer Anthony Sacco put on his old Marine Corps dress blues and was part of the detail that presented Mr. Kriskey with the award on behalf of Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of the Marine Forces Reserve.

The citation read, “Jack’s generous contributions have enabled the Marine Corps to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.”

Mr. Kriskey was commended for 14 years of service to the program, having volunteered right after of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Mr. Kriskey has turned over the management of the program to the Greenwich Police Explorers and the Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association, but he and his wife, Veronica Staplefield, will continue to assist in an advisory capacity.

“With the new, fresh ideas, faces and energy, I think it’s going to get bigger and better and we’re going to help out many more kids,” Mr. Kriskey told the Post last week. “I’m excited to see what comes next.”

“Fortunately for us, we know that Jack Kriskey is only a phone call away if we need his advice,” said Lt. Tom Keegan, head of the Silver Shield Association.

All of the donated toys have been transported to Stamford, where they were distributed to local organizations, including Family Centers Inc. and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, as reported in the Post last week.

The drive, as always, was led by Greenwich residents Mr. Kriskey, Ms. Staplefield and Kerrin Coyle in partnership with the Greenwich Police Department and the Greenwich Fire Department. Banksville Community House held its 14th consecutive Toys for Tots drive, with donation sites in operation at the Cos Cob firehouse and the Banksville location on a recent weekend.

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