UTICA, NY – For the past month Mohawk Valley residents have been stepping up to help those in need have a merry Christmas by dropping off toys at various Stuff the Bus locations.
On Saturday it was time to un-stuff the bus.
Volunteers gathered at Notre Dame high school to unload bag after bag, and box after box, of toys, games, dolls, and stuffed animals.
The supply was endless.
Ken Roser, the owner of Roser Communications said the community really stepped up this year.
“This community provided more toys this year by perhaps 30 percent, maybe 50 percent.”
The toys that have been collected will be distributed Sunday to various charities throughout the Mohawk Valley, but Saturday local teachers and first responders were able to pick out toys for those affected by the recent Halloween floods.
“The stress that has been associated with the flooding is tremendous,” said Dolgeville Elementary School principal Crystal Chrisman.
“Being able to come here and collect gifts is simply amazing. For us to be able to take a little bit of stress off the lives of the families that have been impacted by the floods is remarkable.”