Cross Bay Physical Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Foot Care Center have partnered with Toys for Tots, a national charitable organization that collects toys to give to needy children. They will serve as an official Toys For Tots collection center. Residents of Howard Beach and the surrounding area are invited to donate toys any time between Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. The U.S. Marine Corps will come by Dec. 13 to pick up the donated toys for local distribution. The office asks that toys are new, unwrapped, and remain in their original packaging. Toys for children ages 0 to 2 and 12 to 13 of either gender are in the most demand. Some examples of appropriate toys for the 0 to 2 range are teething rings, plush toys, ring towers or anything that would stimulate their senses. For the 12 to 13 range, appropriate toys include board games, books, jewelry, and anything to prepare them for their teenage years.
The office is also organizing a food and supply drive for emergency relief in the Philippines. Please bring in toiletries, baby care items, and canned foods for donation. Items will be sent to the Philippines to help those hurt by this terrible disaster. When you donate both a toy and a relief item, you can fill out a chance to win an iPod. For more information about making a donation call the office at (718) 835-0100, or visit the office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The office is located at 157-02 Cross Bay Boulevard, Suite 202, in Howard Beach.