UTICA, N.Y. – The Oneida Square Project is holding a drive-up sale this year starting Black Friday in front of Cornerstone Community Church on Plant Street in Utica.
The sale will go on until 5 p.m. Friday, and resume from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
To reduce crowds during the pandemic, the organization has extended the drive-thru sale to Saturday.
"We separated the times out so that we have three different categories. We're doing it today and tomorrow. Normally we do it all on Black Friday, but we didn't think we could get all the families through on one day, so we've got two-hour time slots where we're letting the families come, we gave them assigned times,” said Diana DiPrimo, vice president of operations at the Oneida Square Project.
All eligible participants have already been selected and given a scheduled time to pick up their items, so the event is not open to the public.
Shoppers must stay in their cars, and choose up to three items from a list of available toys.
The Oneida Project has held this event for the past eight years, making gifts for children up to 80% off retail prices.