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Pirate Toy Fund officials helping kids affected by Sandy

Posted at: 11/28/2012 7:50 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 8:49 PM

Officials with the Pirate Toy Fund are hoping to bring some holiday cheer and toys to the children of Staten Island most affected by Superstorm Sandy.

One of the organization's board members arranged with the Staten Island Borough President's office for the Pirate Toy Fund to host a holiday party on Saturday, December 15 at a Staten Island party house called the Vanderbilt at South Beach. Organizers expect as many as 500 FEMA-registered children to attend.

In addition to handing out toys, a group of Pirate Toy Fund board members will be traveling to Staten Island via truck and RV to deliver and hand out toys at the party. Pirate Toy Fund Founder Gary the Happy Pirate will perform a small holiday concert, and board President Otto Harnischfeger will play Santa. Pirate Toy Fund mascot One-Eyed Jack will also be on-hand.

A number of Rochester-area companies have stepped up to help make the effort happen. Corrigan Moving Systems is providing a truck and driver to bring over 2,000 toys to the party. Johnston RV Country, based in Webster, is providing an RV for board members. And Arby's of Rochester and the Garden Factory are providing funds to cover gas, food, and other expenses.