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Mamaroneck Firemen, Businesses, Host Toy Drive

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Nauttica Antoine's Christmas will be just a little brighter thanks to Felix Hughes, Jr. and the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department, both will hold their first Toy Drive Sunday for the children of Blythedale Children's Hospital.

Antoine, 12, is a patient at the Mount Pleasant hospital, which houses the only public school district in New York State created to educate a hospital population. Sometime during the week of Christmas, firemen from Mamaroneck will visit her and the approximately 120 students to deliver their gifts. Donated toys should be unwrapped for children up to ages 17-years-old.

"It's something that I think we should do to benefit people that don't have what we have," said Hughes, who also brought the children gifts during the fire department's first Christmas in July event this summer. "It's priceless, the smiles that you can put on the kids’ faces."

The fire department will hold the toy drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Molly Spillane's Pub on 211 Mamaroneck Avenue. Mike Hines, owner of the Irish pub, has pitched in by offering a free buffet to anyone who makes a donation. For adults, there will be a raffle and drink specials that day, and for kids, there will be Santa Claus, Hughes said.

Those who wish to donate toys can also do so anytime up to Dec. 11 at Robert's Department Store on 342 Mamaroneck Avenue.

Hughes came up with both the toy drive and Christmas in July, an event that brought presents, a magician, food and a fire demonstration to the kids. Hughes is already planning next year's Christmas in July and hopes to make both events annual going forward.

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