Jericho Volunteer Fire Department Chief Frank Sammartano was joined by United States Marines and Toys for Tots Vice Chair Jennifer Vartanov to unload thousands of toys from the backs of firetrucks to be brought to Long Island children in need.

According to Toys for Tots, demand has skyrocketed ten-fold because of pandemic-related economic hardship and families in need. Cancellations of donation events and volunteer shortages have made it difficult for holiday toy charities to make ends-meet. The United States Marines joined with Toys for Tots Officials to announce Long Island’s largest toy drive to help children in need.

The United States Marines Toys for Tots Program is the nation’s largest holiday gift program for children. Toys from communities across Nassau and Suffolk Counties will be collected by individuals, businesses, and civic groups, to be distributed by Marines to local underprivileged children.