Hosted by Tommy Torres, an assistant principal at Grand Street Campus High School, the toy drive brings together teachers, staff and the school communities from districts 14 and 32.
Torres, who has been organizing the event for the past dozen years, said the donated toys are distributed to children who live in local public housing developments.
“Our families are still struggling and any little way that we can support, with a turkey or a toy,” he said, “I know it helps.”
On December 21, there will be a holiday celebration where the toys will be distributed. High school students who are in need of community service hours will help wrap the gifts.
The event will include visits from the NYPD, Santa Claus and his elves.
“I’m so blessed to be a product of this community, to be a product of NYCHA,” Torres said. “I know how much I looked forward to it as a kid when we had those parties.”
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams paid a visit to the toy drive last week. Torres said he’s been working with local elected officials who know how much these events mean to the neighborhood.
“It’s what we do here to give back to our community,” he said.