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Piermont PAL Kicks Off Toy Drive

Presents distributed to needy local families

Each winter, Piermont residents have the option of gifting a toy to a needy neighbor.

For 26 years, the village's Police Athletic League has held a toy drive to help local, money-strapped families have a happy holiday season. The PAL has help from the Catholic Daughters, and a handful of other organizations and individuals.

The toy drive is set for Monday, Dec. 5 at the Piermont Community Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gifts will primarily be donated to Piermont families in need.

"But if we find someone in need in Sparkill or Grandview, we will help them, too," explained Michael O'Shea, Piermont's chief of police. "We're a strong community, we work together."

O'Shea noted the past couple of years have been especially trying for some residents during the holidays, particularly Piermonters who lost their jobs. "Now is the time to help," he added.

The program is orchestrated by Kenneth Marren, Piermont's community police officer. Marren came to the river village from a precinct in the Bronx.

Similarly, Strawberry Place in Nyack is holding a coat drive this month. Learn more .

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