Drive-Thru Toys for Tots Collection Drive at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Curran Invites Residents to Support Drive-Thru Toys for Tots Collection Drive at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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One of the nation’s largest Toys for Tots collection drives – an event that was inaugurated by Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts – returns for its 10th year, and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – Glen Cove) are once again joining forces with them to help spread cheer to deserving children this holiday season.

Last year’s event generated more than 55,000 contributions toward Toys for Tots Long Island’s annual mission to distribute hundreds of thousands of toys to deserving children in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. However, the need for assistance is expected to be especially acute as a result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so thankful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this event possible this year. I’m especially grateful for the tireless efforts of Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts, and thank the Nassau County Police Department and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s team for helping us do all we can to make the holiday season brighter for deserving families,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton said. “We hope you will join us and support this cause at a time when the need is so great.”

“It is heartbreaking how many families are struggling this holiday season, and makes it even more important to spread holiday cheer by giving to those who are less fortunate,” County Executive Curran said. “I am glad we are able to safely hold this annual Toys for Tots drive at Nassau Coliseum as a way to bring joy to deserving children and families across the County, and I hope more residents than ever will come out to drop off toys and support the good cause. Thank you to Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nassau County PD, Martino Auto Concepts and the US Marines, for making sure the 10th Annual Toys for Tots donation event goes off without a hitch.”

To better protect donors and volunteers, this year’s toy drive, which will be conducted rain, shine or snow on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 in the parking lot of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will be an entirely drive-thru event in which donors will stay in their cars at all times. All volunteers and donors will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 prevent protocols, and Nassau County PD officers will be on hand to direct and manage traffic.

Residents can support Toys for Tots at drop-off locations in their community throughout the holiday season. Visit to find a location near you or to make a monetary donation.