Annual toy drive reflects Geneseo's generosity

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
GENESEO COMMUNICATIONS EMPLOYEES Lesli Storm, left, and Dawn Matthews help collect toys during the company’s annual toy drive.

Geneseo Communications employees saw first-hand an outpouring of community spirit during the company’s eighth-annual toy drive.

Despite frigid temperatures, employees took turns collecting toys in front of the Geneseo Communications Inc., office on First Street from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

All toys and donations collected will benefit the Geneseo Food Pantry.

“Every employee came in from their shift with cold hands but warm hearts,” said general manager Matt Storm. “Employees were a buzz, sharing stories of the expressions of giving from folks who drove up and dropped off toys and cash in support of this effort.”

In addition to community contributions, local retailers took part by extending discounts and donations toward the drive.

“I have always been proud to be a part of this community. (The toy drive) was a reminder of the great people who live here and their amazing generosity in support of others, making this a great place to call home,” said Storm.

“It is difficult to speak about this year’s toy drive without getting a bit choked up,” said Brenda Crider, toy drive coordinator. “We were truly witnesses to the spirit-of-the-season through the amazing generosity of the community as a whole.”

Urban Farmhouse, owned and operated by Missy Henderson and Alicia Barnett, announced to their customers that they would contribute $10 to the drive for every blanket sold in their store. Shoppers responded, nearly doubling the goal set by the store.

“The number of toys, clothes, gift sets, bikes and more that the Henderson and Barnett families contributed to this effort was truly amazing,” Crider said. “They took great care in choosing items for all ages while stimulating retail commerce by purchasing much of them locally. This effort was a genuine example of the true meaning of the season and the huge impact we can make when we come together.”

Toys and gifts were delivered to the Geneseo Food Pantry as well as a check for $1,600.

“Geneseo Communications would like to thank our wonderful employees, all of those who drove by to donate gifts and cash and our business partners for coming together with us to make this a season of joy for others,” said Storm.