State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, D-Bayside, is kicking off a holiday drive this week that has been collecting toys for children and clothing for veterans for the past 16 years.
Former state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza founded the drive in 1996. It has been held every year since in northeast Queens.
For the veterans drive, Braunstein said his office is collecting sugar-free candy, slippers, robes, pajamas, sweaters, socks and toiletries for men and women.
This year’s toy drive will be aimed at providing gifts to children who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. All toys must be new and unwrapped.
Gifts can be dropped off at the assemblyman’s office, which is located at 213-33 39th Ave., Suite 238, in Bayside, as well as at Community Board 11, located at 46-21 Little Neck Parkway in Little Neck, or the office of Dr. William Duke, located at 35-01 202nd St. in Bayside.
All donations must be received by Dec. 19. For further information, call the assemblyman’s office at 718-367-3588.