South Colonie Gears Up for 2023 “Stuff the Bus” Toys for Tots Campaign

South Colonie Central School District announced today its continued partnership with the  U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Village of Colonie to bring holiday joy to Capital Region families. For the 17th consecutive year the district will be “Stuffing the Bus” with Toys for Tots by hosting numerous toy drives throughout November and December on South Colonie school campuses.

Kick-off Toy Drive at Forest Park

South Colonie Central School District will kick-off this year’s campaign at Forest Park Elementary on Monday, Nov. 27  at 9:30 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend.

CCHS to host Signature “Lights in the Park” to support Toys for Tots Campaign

This year’s signature event will be Colonie Central High School’s “Holiday Light Parade”, drive through style show held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.  This  event is open to the public. With all toys collected to be donated in support of Toys for Tots.

“Our Colonie families can come out and enjoy a fun festive evening while supporting a great cause,” said Brian Scalzo, associate principal at CCHS. “Families are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift as entry to the event.”

Collection Drives to be held at South Colonie Locations

The full schedule of South Colonie’s 2023 Toys for Tots pick-up locations and times can be found below.



Program Time

Monday, November 27

Forest Park Elementary

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, November 28

Roessleville Elementary

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, November 29

Shaker Road Elementary

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Thursday, November 30

Saddlewood Elementary

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, December 2

Colonie Central High School (Light’s in the Park)

6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, December 4

Veeder Elementary

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, December 5

Lisha Kill Middle School

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 6

Sand Creek Middle School

9:30 to 10 a.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.

Inviting the South Colonie community to participate 

The collection drives will provide South Colonie families with the opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys for distribution to children in need. South Colonie families who are interested in participating should send their child to school with the toy, or make arrangements to drop off the toy prior to the scheduled collection date.  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..

“We are proud to partner once again with the U.S. Marines Corps and the Village of Colonie to continue this holiday tradition, supporting families in our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Perry. “Economic challenges have created financial burdens for many, and we are thankful to be able to contribute to children in our community by collaborating with our partners to facilitate these drives. Not only will it give children in our schools the opportunity to model the importance of expressing empathy for others, but South Colonie families will also benefit from the program.”

For more information about the Toys for Tots program, visit