Impoverished children and their families will be warmer and happier this holiday season thanks to Catholic Charities’ Christmas Spirit Toy and Coat Drive partnership with Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Timothy J. Rooney. Now in its eighth year, the drive was the most successful on record, collecting and distributing hundreds of coats and more than 600 toys to those in need.
“There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” Mr. Rooney said
Empire City patrons donated the toys and gifts that Mr. Rooney presented to Msgr. Sullivan last week at the Empire City Yonkers location.
Joining Mr. Rooney and Monsignor Sullivan were Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Mayor Mike Spano, City Council Member Corazon Pineda from the City of Yonkers, and Assembly member Shelley Mayer.
Sister Christine Hennessy of Catholic Charities Community Services and Órla Kelleher, Executive Director of the Aisling Irish Community Center were also on present and will ensure the toys and coats get into the hands of families most in need.
The group heralded the generosity of Josh Blake, President of California-based family-owned company, Jams, who for the past three consecutive years delivered some West Coast warmth to New York families with his donation of 500 toys.
John Lennon, owner of Yonkers-based Smart Move & Storage, also generously donated services to transport and store of all donations while they are distributed by local community organizations.
Empire City Casino has a long history of working with Catholic Charities to help New Yorkers in need, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.