SARATOGA SPRINGS N.Y. — More than 150 trucks took part in a Toys for Tots convoy in Saratoga Springs Sunday.
The convoy was a new effort that encourages the community to help less fortunate children this holiday season. Trucks and emergency vehicles drove through the city of Saratoga Springs to encourage toy donations for distribution in December.
“We asked people to bring one new toy, well there’s people here with boxes of toys,” said Ryan Lorey of Capital Region Toys for Tots.
Capital Region Toys for Tots teamed up with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office to spread cheer, and help non-profit groups in the area in need of toys.
“It’s just a way for us to give back to the community and raise awareness,” said lead convoy driver Jason Vosburgh.
This year, the need for toys was crucial.
“We were falling short earlier in the season, we didn’t quite have enough toys,” Lorey added.
“We need to collect 200,000 toys, and have 27 days to do it — and we can’t do it without the community,” said Toys for Tots coordinator Gunnery Sergeant Albert Roman, Jr.
Falling behind on the quantity of toys is how Capital Region Toys for Tots organizers came up with idea of a toy convoy.
The convoy departed from the Saratoga Springs Walmart, and traveled 11 miles through the city to its destination at the sheriff’s office.
Once arriving at the sheriff’s office, the community filled the trucks with even more toys.
“We love to see the kids, we love to pass out the toys,” Lorey concluded.
Capital Region Toys for Tots will be distributing the toys to children in late December.