Sunshine Toy Drive a Huge Success
The ninth annual Sunshine Toy Drive was a huge success this year, due to the many generous contributions and dedicated work by volunteers. The Holiday Toy Drive for the needy was the idea of 17-year-old Victoria Plumitallo of Dix Hills, who began the drive nine years ago with the assistance of her parents, Dix Hills Fire Commissioner Mike Plumitallo and his wife Hope. Derived from her nickname “Sunshine”, Victoria’s idea to help the less fortunate grew into the “Sunshine Toy Drive” hosted by the Dix Hills Fire Department. Assisted by friends, family, firefighters and many volunteers, the fund raising effort was a huge success.
Well over 1,000 children were assisted by the drive with holiday gifts this season. Special thanks to the Dix Hills, Melville, Greenlawn, Huntington Manor Fire Departments, Park Shore Day Camp, Duffy and Duffy Law firm, Bob Elliott, Crown Advertising, Hometown Insurance, Bikes for Kids in America, Half Hollow Hills School District, News 12 Long Island, and Spuntino’s Restaurant for their support and generosity. Pictured from left, are News 12 cameraman Dave Rahner, Mike, Hope and Victoria Plumitallo, and News 12 Anchor/Reporter Jackie Lukas.
News 12-Dave Rahner, Mike,Hope and Victoria Plumitallo, News 12 Jackie Lukas.
Story and Photo by Steve Silverman