UTICA – An annual collection drive continues to give back to children in need throughout our area.
The Stuff the Bus donation drive was a part of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s launch of The Polar Express.
‘Stuff the Bus’ is an annual toy drive that was created to help less fortunate families enjoy the holiday season, despite their financial burdens.
The organization has kicked off The Polar Express season. Children and their families are able to board a train and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, while getting a surprise visit from Santa!
"This is where the magic happens at Union Station,” said Mark Piersma, Public Relations Director of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. “We travel north to the North Pole and we carry about 22 thousand passengers in six weeks. So it's really a great event to be a part of."
Families from throughout the Northeast traveled to the Mohawk Valley to celebrate the 15th annual toy drive.
Since its start, the drive has collected over 100, 000 toys, that have been donated to local youth.
A full list of ‘Stuff the Bus’ stops including times and locations is below:
Saturday, November 25th- Boscov's at Sangertown Square 10 AM-2PM
Friday December 1st- Fort Plain True Value 11 AM-1PM
Utica Comets Game 5 PM-7 PM
Saturday December 2nd- Toys R Us in New Hartford 10 AM-2 PM
December 4th–December 8th- KISS FM Hangout at Sangertown Square 9AM-8PM Daily
Friday, December 8th- Empower Federal Credit Union in Utica 11AM–1PM
Saturday, December 9th-Runnings in Gloversville 10AM–12PM
Runnings in Rome 12PM-2PM
December 11th–December 15th-Stuff the Bus Campout at JAY-K Lumber
Saturday, December 16th- Cliff’s Local Market on Commercial Drive 12 PM-4PM
Sunday, December 17th- Stuff the Bus Handoff