We’re starting the Christmas Toy Drive for Long Island Military & Veteran Families and need your support.

Nov 14, 16 We’re starting the Christmas Toy Drive for Long Island Military & Veteran Families and need your support.

We are supplying toys again this year to families of Military Service Members and Veterans that wouldn’t be able to afford Christmas shopping. In previous years, we have always helped over 100 children every Christmas. One year we even assisted over 300. Since we started the Christmas drives, it’s probably easy to say we have helped 1000 Children. We’ve done Secret Santa’s, adopting families, Holiday parties, we started changing that up last year, now we collect at the VAC, and right before the holidays we open the building up for Veterans to walk in and “shop” for items their kids might like, it makes this more personal for the Veterans / Military to pick things their kids might like, lets then take them home and wrap them, plus they can also pick up food and supplies for the house. We also send huge boxes of toys to a active duty military unit, and we provide toys for Veterans at local homeless shelters so they can provide gifts for their kids. We also still support a private holiday party for Veterans that recently transitioned from homeless status to housing and we try to walk in with as many toys as we can.

The ripple that your toy donations create, are unspeakable to put into words.

Please bring new unwrapped toys for boys and girls between the ages of 1 -16.  

New clothing / jackets also needed, as well as gift cards. Plus, gift wrap. Gift bags, etc. 


Collection days and times are as follows

Wednesday November 16th 6pm till 9pm

Saturday November 19th 10am-3pm

Saturday November 26th 11am – 2pm

Wednesday November 30th 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday December 7th 6pm till 9pm.

Saturday December 10th 9am – 4pm   (Christmas Breakfast at VAC)

Saturday December 17th 10am – 3pm


After our 4-week drive is over we set the VAC up like a toy / gift store and military service members and veterans can come in on a closed-door night and choose toys for their children and pick up food and household supplies.

Please consider doing a toy drive for us.

Thank you.

The VAC (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY 11779

Thank you again for your support
Frank Bania, Boots on the Ground NY – Founder
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