TJL Students Donate Toys for the Holidays

TJL Students Donate Toys
Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School banded together to support the Tri Community and Youth Agency (Tri CYA) and the Family Service League this holiday season by donating toys to local families in need. Tri CYA’s Regional Director Debbie Rimler, spoke to classes from all grade levels on Dec. 14 as they brought their toys in to be collected.

The Tri CYA is a private, not-for-profit community based agency that provides a variety of programs and services for community members in Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. They work with individuals from ages five to 21. The Harborfields Central School District has worked with the organization for the past 20 years, helping around the holidays.

Classes placed their donations on the stage and Assistant Principal Mary Williams introduced Rimler to the students. Williams praised the classes for their generosity.

“This is amazing,” she said. “You should all be so proud of yourselves.”

Rimler spoke to the students about what the organization does and where the donated toys would be going. The students helped contribute towards the organization’s goal of 6,000 toys for this holiday season.

“I want to thank you for thinking of the children who are in this local community,” said Rimler. “For taking the time to pick something up to give to these children this holiday season. It really helps us.”

The students also learned about community service and were encouraged to ask questions at the end of the assembly. Many wanted to know how they could get more involved.