It’s hard to believe this year marked my 7th year of Ro’s Toys for Tots! Raising close to 50 + toys I would have to say this years event was a great success. This couldn’t be possible with without my friends and family, which is the case for each any every year. So cheer to Lucky number 7 because for sure it was a lucky one !
If you would of asked me 7 years ago if this holiday tradition would still be in full swing, I really don’t think I would have an answer for you. When I started this holiday party it was really to just get my friends together. I wanted to make it more then just a lets eat, drink kind of get together. Like every other holiday event during that season, how boring and unorginal. So when the idea to collect toys popped into my head I ran with it and I’m happy I haven’t stopped. In true Ro form I had to make the event very “Martha Stewart ” inspired. From the menu to the decorations everything had a purpose, a reason, nothing went unplanned.
Each and every year the turnout would be unpredictable … One year a great turnout the next not so much. Which as a host is frustrating not being able to gage an accurate headcount; but growing up Italian more is more. So I would over cook, over buy and over do it all. It’s just in my nature, I can’t help it. One thing remained and still remains constant I truly enjoy doing it each and every year. The sole reason is really for the kids, raising toys for kids less fortunate during such a present driven season. Every child should have presents during the holiday season and any bit I can help out i’m there.
So here is the quick run down on the timeline for Ro’s Toys for Tots
2011 – 2014 Toys for Tots
2015 – Nicholas Pedone Foundation – Fight Hard Smile Big
2016- Toys for Tots
2017 – Emerge Puerto Rico
2018 – St Francis Food Pantry
This year toys were donated to St Francis Food Pantry which will be used for their annual Holiday Party. This holiday party reaches hundreds of families part of New York’s 5 boroughs and Long Island. I became familiar with St Francis this year through my parents all due to one of their newest friends. He’s been apart of this organization for years and has been beyond generous throughout the years. An event that he extended an invitation to my parents and myself got me thinking, thats how this all came about. Very excited and pleased with being able to donate this years toys to St Francis Food Pantry.
The whole process communicating with them was so easy and seamless. From getting it approved to even them coordinating a pick up to retrieve the Toys. I’m very grateful and look forward to continuing a relationship with them. Any way I can help out and serve some sort of purpose sign me up. Doing good for others without expecting nothing in return really is a great feeling. A lot of people especially during the holidays seem to forget that and get enamored by all the fluff around it. The holidays are about being grateful for what you have, enjoying the people in your life, spreading positivity and happiness.
Well I wanted to keep this short and sweet so there it is. I hope you enjoyed my little holiday tradition story and maybe are even inspired. Wishing you a beautiful and healthy holiday and always remember to try and do one kind thing with out expecting anything in return, you will feel amazing trust me !!!
Lots of love