The First Annual Ride for Toys of Hope
A little over 14 years ago, a young woman here on Long Island named Melissa Doktofsky saw a need. She realized that for many needy or homeless kids, the holidays were not something that brought a lot of joy. So back in 1994, Melissa began purchasing toys and delivering them to shelters, community centers and the homes of needy families. She did this out of her own pocket on her own time. But as time passed, she saw that the need was larger than she could fill herself so she began to reach out to local individuals and businesses to donate toys and help deliver them.
Thus began Toys of Hope. Today, Toys of Hope is a year round organization that provides many services to Long Islandâ€™s needy and homeless. Not just toys anymore, Toys of Hope also provides books, school supplies, clothing and other necessities to families, helping them become more self-sufficient, thereby improving the lives of their children. Understanding the joy a pet can give a family, Toys of Hope runs a program called Poor Paws which delivers donated pet food and supplies so families never have to make the difficult choice of feeding their pets or themselves.
There are a number of programs run by Toys of Hope ranging from their Literacy Program to private tennis lessons for Long Islandâ€™s underprivileged kids.
Toys of Hope operates year round and is completely volunteer driven. There are no paid employees and ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF ALL FUNDS CONTRIBUTED GO TOWARDS HELPING LONG ISLANDâ€™S NEEDY CHILDREN, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR PETS.
Thatâ€™s right. Every dollar, every dime. Goes to the ones that really need it.
If you live in or are going to be in the New York Area on Sunday, July 27, 2008, please mark your calendar now and join us for what is going to be an amazing day and a truly wonderful event. The First Annual Toys of Hope Motorcycle Run and Benefit.
If you are not in the area, you can make a donation to Toys of Hope. You can donate online at their website, www.toysofhope.org. Your donation is tax-deductible and every dime goes to the ones that really need it.
Hosted By:: Full Throttle NY/NE, Jade & The Lizard.
When: Sunday July 27, 2008 at 10:00 AM
Where:: Segesta Pizza – Levittown & Knockouts Bohemia.
1400 Lakeland Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716