MOHAWK – Employees at MOVAC are doing their part to make sure no child wakes up without a new toy this Christmas.
For two nights, on Dec. 7 and Dec. 11, all are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps garage, on the corner of Route 5S and Mohawk Street, for MOVAC’s first Stuff the Ambulance campaign.
The idea came from paramedic Michael Mosher.
“I saw other organizations doing similar toy drives and I thought we could try one here,” Mosher said. “We’re about helping the community here, and what better way to help this time of year than to make sure everyone gets something to open at Christmas?”
“It’s nice to give back to the community, especially children,” said fellow MOVAC paramedic Katherine Wheet, who immediately jumped on board with Mosher’s idea. “We see a lot of bad things in our line of work and this is something that’s nothing but good.”
On both evenings, a MOVAC ambulance will be parked outside the garage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to be literally stuffed full of toys. Santa will be overseeing the event and will be ready to hear youngsters’ wish lists, Mosher said.
All toys collected will go to Toys for Tots through the Ilion Marine Corps League and will be distributed to those in need in Central New York.
“It’s our first time and we’re hoping for a good turn out,” Mosher said. “Maybe we’ll have a prize for whoever can guess how many toys can fit in an ambulance.”
Toys for Tots donations are also being collected in drop-off boxes at the Herkimer and Ilion McDonald’s and the Ilion Kinney Drugs.