Toy collecting highlights this year’s last free food pantry


“At Friday’s pantry, we are working with Public Safety to collect toys for the  children in our Roosevelt Island Community,” reports RIDA president Wendy Hersh.

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

“This will be the last pantry until after the New Year,” Hersh added. The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association has given away vital provisions since the start of the pandemic. And the Public Safety Department has pitched in every week, helping with line control and COVID safety concerns.

Now, RIDA turns the tables, aiding PSD in their annual toy drive.

“A box will be placed at the food  pantry check in at the lobby of 546 Main Street on Friday,” Hersh said.

“I am hoping that those who we were continuously providing food for will consider bringing a smile to a child’s face this Christmas and donate a new toy or book. RIDA has donated about 30+ toys already and we are waiting for another 50 from a partner of ours.”

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