ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The Albany Police Athletic League, “PAL” for short, was also feeling the holiday spirit. Saturday it finished its holiday toy drive with its annual holiday party and toy giveaway.
Kids enjoyed gifts from Santa, arts and crafts, and plenty of other family fun.
This program has been collecting toys for weeks, collecting them for as many as 3,000 kids in the area. There are other smaller events over the next couple of weeks but PAL Executive Director Lenny Ricchiuti said this is the big one to help give back.
“This kind of is just a fun way to get all the kids together. They get to see Santa, have a snack, go in the bouncy bounce, and while they’re doing that, their parents are able to get some gifts for them to bring home and make sure they have something to put underneath the tree for Christmas morning”, said Ricchiuti.
Ricchiuti said a lot of work goes into this but the smiles on the kid’s faces are all the reward he needs.
Albany PAL focuses its efforts on keeping kids off the street by having them get involved with Police Officers in casual settings.