Greenpoint Gazette
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Second Annual Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive a Huge Success

BY Jeff Mann

It was a packed house at Red Star Tuesday for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive’s (BBHTD) “Collection Party,” which wrapped a successful two-week campaign to benefit kids in-need in the borough.

Created by Red Star and East River Ferry in 2012, following Hurricane Sandy, last year’s BBHTD brought in more than 1,500 toys. This year, Anella and the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce joined the effort, resulting in nearly 20 collection sites throughout Brooklyn as well as “The-Best-Raffle-You’ve-Ever-Been-A-Part-Of,” at Tuesday’s Collection Party.

The stage was covered with donated toys, as emcee Paul Samulski (of East River Ferry) called out the winning numbers for prizes from local businesses like Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Brewery, Top of the Rock, Brooklyn Athletic Club, Brooklyn Nets, New York Yankees, Two Trees, Fluent City, NItehawk Cinema, ABC Cocina, Anella, Brooklyn Roasting Company, The Woods, Fabbrica Restaurant, Grandma Rose’s, Northside Festival, Brooklyn Magazine, Paulie Gee’s, Amios Theater Company, Get Up and Ride, The Corner Barber, Mousey Brown Salon, BLDG 92, King and Grove Hotel, Hosh Yoga, Singularity&CO, Masso, Frolic! and t.b.d.

Mostly, it was the borough’s generosity that was on display at the second annual BBHTD. More than 200 came out in Tuesday’s unsettled weather for the party, including a group from Macy’s of Downtown Brooklyn, which surprised organizers, earlier in the day, with a shipment of a case of toys.

In addition to hundreds of donated toys, more than, $3,000 was collected, which went to purchase more toys from local business owners, such as Flying Squirrel and Greenpoint Toy Center. All the proceeds from the second annual BBHTD went to support Marty Markowitz’s Best of Brooklyn and the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Toy Drives.

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