To help Toys for Tots, Greenwich has ‘Presents’ of mind

Greenwich had the giving spirit in mind when it turned out last weekend to benefit Toys for Tots.

The annual collection for Toys for Tots took place at both the Cos Cob firehouse and the Banksville Community House this past Saturday. As it has been for the past eight years, the collection, which was made by the U.S. Marine Corps, was spearheaded by Greenwich residents Jack Kriskey and Ronnie Staplefield.

 

The collection, in which the Marine Corps brings out its seven-ton vehicle to load up, was a family destination as kids got the chance to see the military vehicle up close, climb up inside and even try on a helmet and get behind the wheel (with the vehicle safely turned off, of course).

Mr. Kriskey said there were close to 1,800 toys and $1,500 in donations collected. One resident, seven-year-old Grace O’Conner, even donated some of her birthday presents.

Toys for Tots is a national organization that brings presents to needy children. Here in Greenwich, the program works with local organizations like the town’s Department of Social Services to make sure children have a very happy holiday. While this specific event has passed, people still have a chance to help.

Mr. Kriskey said he will be accepting checks for Toys for Tots through Dec. 20, and interested donors may get in touch with him at 203-661-6021.

All images were taken by Post photographer John Ferris Robben.

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