Walter delivers toys to the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo during his annual “Christmas in July” event.
Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) today delivered hundreds of donated toys to the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, concluding his annual Christmas in July Toy Drive. Walter was joined by several eager volunteers, including a special visit from Santa Claus, to help distribute the gifts. Throughout the summer, Walter and his staff collected donations of new toys for children at the hospital. Walter said this year’s toy drive garnered an overwhelming amount of community support, resulting in an incredible event that brought smiles to the faces of many patients.
“It’s heartwarming to see joy on the faces of so many of our local children braving an illness,” said Walter. “The happiness and holiday cheer we’ve been able to bring these kids were only possible because of the unwavering generosity of people in our community. I want to thank the many individuals and organizations who joined together and made this year’s toy drive such a success. It is times like these that make me proud to have chosen to build a life and raise a family here in Western New York.”
Presents were given to each patient and more will be distributed throughout the year. Walter extended a special thanks to the Western New York Funeral Directors Association for the group’s generous contribution. Its annual golf outing to benefit the hospital was a huge success, bringing in $6,500 in donations to the Christmas in July Toy Drive.
“The WNY Funeral Directors Golf Outing is proud to constantly support Assemblyman Walter’s Toy Drive with the proceeds of our annual event,” said Jack Attfield, Chairman of the Western New York Funeral Directors Golf Outing and Funeral Director at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg. “This year we were able to contribute over $6,500 and nothing could make me happier than to see that huge pile of toys going to the hospital knowing it’s going to make someone’s day. I have never had to go through what some parents go through with having a child in the hospital, but hopefully we can make it just a little bit better for that girl or boy. I thank Assemblyman Ray Walter for running the toy drive and for letting us be a big part of it, and we hope to keep our partnership going for a long time to always bring Christmas in July to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.”
“We are so grateful to Assemblyman Walter for once again spearheading this Christmas in July Toy Drive,” said Donna McKinney, MBA, Senior Director of Hospital Operations, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “It’s so touching to see the community come together each year and give so generously to our patients. It’s never easy to be in the hospital, but during the summer months it can be especially hard. Thanks to Assemblyman Walter, the kids have something to be excited about.”
For more information on the Christmas in July Toy Drive or for a donation pick-up, please contact Assemblyman Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call his district office at 716-634-1895.