CORRECTION: We printed that the fire department was from Mayville, but the fire department is actually the Chautauqua Fire Department. We regret the error.
MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Toys for Tots Program will be collaborating with Chautauqua Pops, Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition and the Chautauqua Fire Department to hold a Toys for Tots Drive at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Floating State, 16 Water St.
Patrick Smeraldo, one of three coordinators for the Toys for Tots Program, told WNYNewsNow that the needs for Chautauqua County’s Toys for Tots Program has increased over the last couple of years. In addition, he said that the collaboration between organizations is key.
“It’s extremely important in Chautauqua County. I work with the Children’s Coalition, and we have relationships with over 40 agencies and school districts in Chautauqua County that collaborate to do things,” Smeraldo said. “When agencies are collaborating, it’s awesome because you’re providing a service for a child. But when you can collaborate with volunteer fire departments and organizations like Chautauqua Lake Pops By The Shore, that’s mandatory for our area to be successful and we can help each other out that way.”
“You have to have a big heart, and Chautauqua Lake Pops….and the Chautauqua Fire Deparment, they have that. They see the need.”
Sunday’s event will feature a concert by the Parrots of the Carribean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Tickets can be purchased at www.chautauqualakepops.com.