Forest Park Hosts Successful Kickoff Event for South Colonie’s Toys for Tots Campaign

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Ted Kleniewski kicks off Toys for the Tots at Forest Park Elementary.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Ted Kleniewski kicks off Toys for the Tots at Forest Park Elementary.

In late November, the South Colonie Central School District kicked off its 2023 partnership with the Capital Region Toys for Tots program hosting multiple toy drives at district locations to support children in need this holiday season. As part of their collective efforts, Forest Park Elementary School students hosted the kick-off event on Monday, Nov. 27 for this year’s toy drive, collecting over 500 toys to support the cause. 

elementary students stuff the bus with toys for tots  at Forest Park Elementary School
Elementary students stuff the bus with toys for tots at Forest Park Elementary School

“Our Forest Park community really came together to make this year’s Stuff the Bus campaign the success that it was,” said Forest Park Principal, Bill Luke. “Throughout the month of November, we had asked families to participate by sending their students to school with a new, unwrapped toy. We ended up surpassing our original goal of 300 toys due to the generosity of the Forest Park community. We could not be more thankful for the support of our families.” 

South Colonie’s 2023 Toys for Tots campaign is far from over, toys are still being collected in the other seven schools around the district as well as the district office. Forest Park has set a precedent for this year’s campaign, encouraging each school to rise to the occasion in order to support the families within our community. 

This year’s signature event will be the third annual Colonie Central High School ‘Lights in the Park’ event, hosted by iCare students. For admission to this event, families are asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy per- car to be donated prior to experiencing the holiday festivities. This event is set to take place Saturday, Dec. 2, at Colonie Central High School from 6-9 p.m. 

In addition to events held at locations around the district, an ongoing toy-drive will also be held at the Village Recreation Center in Colonie. Families can drop unwrapped toys there until close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Residents of the community are also invited to participate by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to any of the participating locations or to the district office.