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The 2013 Keeler Toy Drive to benefit Operation Sunshine is underway.

WIBX's First News with Keeler in the Morning, in conjunction with The Observer Dispatch, Time Warner Cable, and New York Sash are all raising toys for kids right here in the Mohawk Valley. All the toys and money raised stay local.

A number of local businesses are serving as drop-off points to donate new un-wrapped toys valued at a minimum of $5.  A special thanks to Utica Mack, Raspberries and Joe Tahan's Furniture for chipping in to assist.

Here’s the schedule of Events for this Year’s  Drive:

11/18/13  Al from Time Warner Cable begins delivering collection boxes to local businesses

11/23  Christmas on Main Street

12/9    Keeler on-air Auction to benefit the Toy Drive

Andrew’s High School Challenge – local High Schools compete to win by collecting the most toys   Prize:  Free High School Dance and Pizza Party

12/7   Teddy Bear Toss with New York Sash

12/13-14  Live Broadcast Toy Drive Finale’ at Raspberries on Commercial Drive in New Hartford.  Utica Mack will be on-hand with a truck for transport.

Here is a List of Drop-Off Locations

  • Raspberries
  • Utica Mack
  • Town Square Media
  • New York Sash
  • Joe Tahan’s Furniture
  • Escape Away Message in New York Mills
  • Piggy Pat’s BBQ
  • Rinehart / Fitzgerald accounts
  • Dr. Talerico
  • Kozars Grille
  • U.P.D.
  • City Hall
  • Moore / Hart accountants
  • B.O.C.E.S.
  • Utica Housing authority
  • Tiny’s
  • Meyda Tiffany
  • Meelan Carpets
  • N.Utica Senior Center
  • Telephone Credit Union
  • Sickenberger Lane
  • The Varick
  • Riverside Diner
  • Polish Community Home
  • Charlie’s Pizza (both locations)
  • Time Warner Offices
  • Herb Phillipsons
  • O’Donnels Pub
  • Nail Creek Pub
  • Beautiful Movenents yoga and Fitness Ctr (Oneida)
  • Adirondack Bank (all locations)
  • McDonalds ( all locations)
  • 40/8 Club
  • Celtic Harp