Syracuse, New York – On Tuesday December 22nd from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for the second year in a row, Congressman John Katko partners with the Syracuse Southwest Community Center to host a Toys for Tots gift distribution for Central New York children and families. 300 toys were available for pickup. The Southwest Community Center also hosted the annual ‘cut-a-thon,’ providing haircuts to Syracuse children.
“My wife, Robin, our three sons, and I are honored to once again take part in this generous program and to fulfill the holiday dreams of hundreds of families in Central New York,” said Congressman John Katko. “This program makes an investment in our young people, and today’s effort will do a small part to help families in need in our community.”
Each year during the holiday season, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program provides toys to economically disadvantaged children across county. By delivering a new toy, the program seeks to send a message to less fortunate young people to assist them in becoming responsible and productive citizens.
Congressman Katko has continuously focused on addressing the devastating rate of poverty in Central New York, reducing violent crime, and strengthening childhood nutrition programs to make a stronger community. Southwest Community Center is located at 401 South Av., Syracuse.
The Southwest Community Center is a nonprofit agency providing for the educational, social, cultural, health, employment, legal, and recreational needs of the residents of the City of Syracuse. Funding to facilitate the distribution of thousands of toys to children across New York State was made possible by the New York State Republican Party.