'Toys for Tots' train loaded up in Rensselaer

November 30, 2017 01:28 PM

RENSSELAER - An assembly line of volunteers worked diligently to unload three large trucks at the Rensselaer Train Station on Thursday morning. The trucks were filled with toys and other donations that will go to people as part of "Toys for Tots." It was all to help kids who are less fortunate celebrate the holidays.

After the trucks were unboxed, everything was unloaded onto Amtrak trains. Those trains will then travel to distribution sites across the state, handing gifts and toys right to the children.

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"We stop at just about 10 stops on two days. Saturday is from Binghamton to Delanson, Sunday is Albany to the Canadian border and that's what it's for. Fifty-thousand toys, 1,000 hand-made fleece blankets, coats, hats, gloves and mittens, Freihofer's cookies that everybody wants -- and it's all going out to the kids of the Capital Region," explained Staff Sergeant Patrick Lurenz.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and toy company executives will also be among those on the train greeting people.


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