WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Holiday Gift Drive has already raised $3,000.
The 10th annual event helps local children in the care of the Department of Social Services during the holiday season and last year brought gifts to more than 650 foster children in the area, according to a release. Eight students from Eastchester High School raised $3,000 in gift cards for the children.
“The holidays are a special time of year to be with family and friends," said County Executive Robert P. Astorino while praising the students. "Unfortunately, for many Westchester children that is not the case. It is at those times that the county’s Holiday Gift Drive steps in to help. I thank the Eastchester students for their initiative and decision to support the county drive and urge all of our residents and businesses to consider a donation.”
The eight seniors who helped raised the money were Brooke Eigen, Olivia Hughes, Yasmeen Safaie, Olivia Heffernan, Ilana Morris, Ryan Winnie, Natalie Ewing and Anna Hughes. They were assisted by their faculty advisors, Ellen Eldred and Edye Caine.
“It gives me great pleasure when I see all the gifts ready to go out to children in need all over the county," said Commissioner of Social Services Kevin McGuire.
Collection bins for unwrapped presents are at the following county buildings:
- Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains
- Department of Social Services Central Office, 112 E. Post Road, White Plains
- Mount Vernon District Office, 100 East First Street, Mount Vernon
- Peekskill District Office, 750 Washington Street, Peekskill
- White Plains District Office, 85 Court Street, White Plains
- Yonkers District Office, 131 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
Gifts may also be dropped off at WFAS radio, 365 Secor Road, Hartsdale. Those who would like to donate or sponsor a child’s wish list are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Terri Guillen at 995-8381 or Philippa Seltzer at 995-5331.