Fidler wants your toys!

WELCOME TO TOYLAND: Councilman Lew Fidler (D-Marine Park) checks out the mountain of toys donated to Haring Street club last year.
File photo by Steve Solomonson

Join the toyapalooza!

Councilman Lew Fidler plans to brighten the lives of needy children — and break a personal record for playthings collected — as he tries to round up more than 7,000 toys at this year’s Community First Toy Drive.

“Every toy we collect is another happy child!” said the district leader (D-Marine Park), who was busy organizing his 41st A.D. Democrats Club on Haring Street near Avenue R for the Dec. 15 donation-thon. “We want to make more children happy than we did last year.”

Only Santa has more stuff!

Last holiday season, the lawmaker and his team of elves collected 7,790 toys — nearly 2,000 more than the year before.

The gifts will benefit the 63-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program, which estimated that one of every 32 gifts it distributed in 2010 came from Fidler’s toy drive.

Community First Toy Drive [2952 Ave. R at Haring Street in Marine Park, (718) 376-6033] on Dec. 15 beginning at 7:30 pm. For info, call the club or Councilman Fidler’s office at (718) 241-9330.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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