Sunshine Toy Drive Aids Over 1,000 Children

Volunteer personal shoppers and gift wrappers take to the toy store that was assembled at the Dix Hills firehouse last month as part of the ninth-annual Sunshine Toy Drive. Photo by Steve Silverman

Volunteer personal shoppers and gift wrappers take to the toy store that was assembled at the Dix Hills firehouse last month as part of the ninth-annual Sunshine Toy Drive. Photo by Steve Silverman

The ninth-annual Sunshine Toy Drive was a huge success, aiding over 1,000 children this past holiday season due to the many generous contributions and dedicated work by volunteers.

The 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,” which is hosted by the Dix Hills Fire Department. Assisted by friends, family, firefighters and many volunteers, the fund raising effort was a huge success this year.

A special thanks was given to the Dix Hills, Melville, Greenlawn and Huntington Manor fire departments, Park Shore Day Camp, Duffy and Duffy Law firm, Bob Elliott, Crown Advertising, Hometown Insurance, Bikes for Kids in America, the Half Hollow Hills School District, News 12 Long Island and Spuntino’s Restaurant for their support and generosity.