Courtesy of Assemblyman Weprin’s Office
Judge Jeremy Weinstein (second from l.) and Assemblyman Weprin (third from l.), Santa Claus, and Heart Share staff present gifts to students.
By Forum Staff
Two area nonprofit organizations recently thanked Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) for hosting his fifth annual Holiday Toy Drive.
The assemblyman delivered hundreds of new toys and toys in good condition last Wednesday to the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens and HeartShare Cuomo First Step Early Childhood Center, both located in Richmond Hill.
Weprin noted that he and his staff collected toys over the past several weeks at both of his district offices (Richmond Hill and Fresh Meadows) and at Middle School 172 in Glen Oaks, with the help of Principal Jeffery Slivko and the student community. The majority of the toys were collected by MS 172 students and the rest were donated by constituents across the 24th Assembly District, Weprin said.
The annual drive has been dedicated to community member Jason Weinstein since 2017, the year of his sudden death. The Weinstein family asked that all donations in honor of their son be directed to Heartshare Human Services of New York. Weprin saidhe was inspired by their act of generosity. As a result, hundreds of children across Queens will get a special surprise this holiday season in memory of Jason.