The 4th annual Convoy for Tots benefiting Capital Region Toys for Tots was held Nov. 26.
Over 170 vehicles from area law enforcement, fire departments, EMS agencies, civic organizations and private businesses, came together to support Capital Region Toys for Tots.
Participants were asked to bring new unwrapped toys to the event. The convoy began on the campus of Ballston Spa Central Schools and traveled six miles to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where toys were off loaded and turned over to Capital Region Toys for Tots.
Convoy for Tots 2017 yielded 22,196 toys having an estimated value of over $300,000, doubling the records set by the event in 2016.
“The outpouring of support from this event is amazing, Capital Region Toys for Tots is honored that Saratoga County continues to support our mission year after year.”, said USMC Staff Sergeant Patrick Lurenz, assistant program coordinator for Capital Region Toys for Tots.
“I am amazed to see the generosity of our community. People were out collecting until the day before to make sure that less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas.” says Sheriff Michael Zurlo.
Although the success of this event is tremendous it is important to know that Capital Region Toys for Tots still needs the help of the community to complete its mission of helping over 200,000 children in the area Counties they serve. People can still donate a new unwrapped toy into a Toy’s for Tots drop box securely located at many area businesses and here at the Sheriff’s Office.
The event is coordinated by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and supported by area First Responders and has grown from 2,000 toys donated in 2014.