The Wildlife Conservation Society announced plans to participate in the Borough Presidents’ toy drives and the City Harvest food drive at all five of its wildlife parks this holiday season.
“The Wildlife Conservation Society is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Borough Presidents, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Bronx Toys, and City Harvest to give back to the communities that have never waivered in their support of WCS and our zoos and aquarium,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs in a press release.
Visitors are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to and drop them off at designated points at each of the WCS parks as the zoos and aquarium. The toys will be collected through December and then distributed.
Additionally, WCS is partnering with City Harvest to collect food for New Yorkers in need. According to WCS, City Harvest needs a variety of canned, packaged and nonperishable foods to feed people in need.
“Every family deserves to be happy, especially during the holidays. By donating a toy that will put a smile on a child’s face or donating food items to help feed families in need, New Yorkers can help make the season a little brighter for hundreds of families throughout the city,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. said.
As a special thanks to those making a qualifying donation of a new, unwrapped toy or ten food items between Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 31 will receive a ticket to the Bronx Zoo or the New York Aquarium.