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Bronxville Students Shepherd Annual Toys For Tots Campaign

For the fifth straight year, Toys for Tots is being run by Bronxville school students. From left are Ircha sisters Jane, Sasha, Kirsten, and Caroline, official representatives of the 2015 campaign.
For the fifth straight year, Toys for Tots is being run by Bronxville school students. From left are Ircha sisters Jane, Sasha, Kirsten, and Caroline, official representatives of the 2015 campaign. Photo Credit: Provided

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- This time of year the Village of Bronxville looks picture perfect. Stores are festively decorated, shoppers rush to and fro, and many annual holiday traditions continue -- including the running of Toys for Tots by local students.

The drive, represented this year by a quartet of sisters, continues through Thursday, Dec. 24.

Bronxville High School students Sasha and Kirsten Ircha -- with help from younger sisters Caroline and Jane -- are spearheading this year’s charity campaign.

"A simple thing like a new toy, that others take for granted, can mean so much to a child in need," Sasha said.

Drop-off boxes, for new, unwrapped toys are located at the following businesses: Value Drugs, Bronxville Fitness Club, Eliza Corwin Frost School, Aegis Capital, Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, and People's United Bank.

Presents for teenage boys and girls are most needed, say Toys for Tots organizers.

"A new toy gives a child hope that the world is kind, and this is so important, especially now," Kirsten said.

More than 1,000 toys were collected during last year’s drive in Bronxville.

The Ircha sisters, saying that the tough economic times have hit local families hard, are hoping to surpass last year's numbers.

Recipients of donations from the drive include: Andrus Children's Home, Graham-Windham Children's Home, Leake & Watts Children's Home, Pleasantville Cottages Children's Home, Family Services Society of Yonkers, Blythedale Children's Hospital, Westchester County Social Services, Family Services Society of Westchester, Westchester Medical Center Children's Ward, Westchester County Social Services / Homeless, Holy Spirit Church -- Ossining, Greenburgh Health Center, IFCA Children's Support Program, Community Action Program, White Plains Child Day Care Centers, Community Housing Innovations Planned Community Living, and Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.

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