Over 5,200 toys, coats and school supplies were distributed to New York communities in need this holiday season.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced results of holiday toy donations and distributions that took place across the state from November 27 to December 22, 2017.
More than 400 donations were collected in the North Country.
Members of the Governor’s administration participated in volunteer events held at 23 organizations statewide.
Volunteers from Film Good / Do Good, a joint partnership between the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, also participated in collecting and sorting donations.
“New Yorkers have a proud tradition of helping those in need, and during the holiday season, businesses and organizations continued this legacy by distributing toys, coats, and school supplies to thousands of deserving children across the state. I thank everyone who donated their time and supplies to this effort, and hope these acts of generosity and goodwill continue throughout the New Year,” said Cuomo.
A number of state agencies and organizations collected new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies that were provided by businesses and individuals and brought to drop-off locations across the state.
Donations were also collected by organizations at holiday gatherings ahead of the distribution events.
Film Good / Do Good, the first and only state government-organized community give back program in the nation, also participated in this year’s holiday toy drive.
A number of New York-based TV Series placed drop-off boxes on soundstages to collect donations, including The Americans; Bull; Deception; The Good Cop; Madam Secretary; Pose; Untitled Ramy Youssef Project; Succession; and Sesame Street.
In addition, members of the Producers Guild of America volunteered to sort through donations that were collected at drop-off locations around the state.
The Film Good / Do Good program is tailored specifically to the film and television industry and encourages cast and crew members to volunteer at non-profit organizations that are fighting hunger, homelessness and other root causes of poverty in some of the state’s neediest neighborhoods.