By: Queens Latino
The New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters and the Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York delivered over 1,734 toys to children throughout Queens and New York City this holiday season. They partnered with local elected officials and community organizations for 3 events throughout Queens and many more throughout the city. The holiday season is joyful but can be difficult for so many New Yorkers, and union carpenters and contractors wanted to do their part to give back to those in need.
Holiday toy drives in Queens were done in partnership with elected officials and community organizations, including NY State Senator Jessica Ramos, Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, Council Member Francisco Moya, and Catholic Charities.
Across New York City, union carpenters participated in 18 toy drives in an effort to alleviate stress on families, spread kindness, and foster holiday cheer.
Giving back to the community is one of the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters and the Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York’s core values. The annual toy drives are part of a larger effort to give back and uplift communities to build a better New York.
“Every year I am proud of the work our union members do to give back to our communities. It is uplifting to end every year with our toy drives, where we get to spread holiday cheer to the children in our community and relieve some stress for families in need,” stated Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Geiger. “We hope everyone has a healthy and happy holiday with their loved ones.”
“The holidays are meant to be a time to celebrate with family and friends, but they can be stressful for many New Yorkers. I was so happy to join CCA Metro and the carpenters union for their holiday toy drive and uplift the members of our community who are struggling. I hope all our community members have a happy holiday,” stated Assembly Member Catalina Cruz.
“It’s an honor to work alongside the carpenters union at their annual toy drive, it was a joyous event to be a part of. I’m so glad to wrap up the year by connecting with our community members and bringing cheer to families right here in Queens. Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season,” stated Council Member Francisco Moya.