Toys for Tots Day of Giving to be held Saturday at Aqueduct

Aqueduct | Adam Coglianese

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA)'s annual Toys for Tots day of giving will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The event is a longtime holiday tradition at the Big A held annually on Cigar Mile Day and offered in partnership with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.

Founded in 1947, Toys for Tots collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to local children in need each holiday season. Fans in attendance on Saturday can find donation boxes located at the Turf and Field entrance and the Clubhouse lobby.

As part of its support of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, NYRA is making a financial contribution to the organization. Toys for Tots is also supported by generous contributions from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) and Thoroughbred owner Harold Lerner.

“NYTHA applauds the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation for all they do to support children in our communities,” said NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum. “New York's horsemen take pride in giving generously each and every year.”

Lerner agreed, calling his support of Toys for Toys a way of making the holidays more meaningful for everyone.

“Toys for Tots is an incredible organization that supports countless children and families here in New York,” Lerner said. “It is an honor to be able to support their important work, and I thank NYRA for once again committing to a day of giving. It's our goal to make kids smile, especially at this time of year, and we want to reach as many children as possible.”

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