Toys for Tots offers hope to local children

NORWICH – Giving others, especially children, hope on Christmas is one of the greatest gifts of all, says Bainbridge resident Roger Barnhart, adding that sometimes it only takes a simple gesture of kindness.

Barnhart, the postmaster of the South New Berlin post office, and employees from The Label Gallery in Norwich, are gathering and distributing new toys as part of Chenango County’s “Toys for Tots” campaign.

“There are needy kids out there in our communities that may feel like nobody cares. They may feel like they are forgotten,”“ he said. “Hope is a big thing. It’s important we let those kids and their families know they are not forgotten.”

Area residents are encouraged to drop-off new, unwrapped toys Saturday afternoon at two local events: The “Challenge of the Vans” in the City of Norwich’s East Park and the arrival of the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toy Train” in the Village of Bainbridge center.

In Norwich, four local car dealers have each entered a mini-vans into the challenge to see which one can hold the most donated toys. Aside from the van challenge, there will also be music and other festivities in the park from noon until 4 p.m.

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