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Update: Rucker Toy Pickup Set for Monday Morning

Singer will purchase $10,000 worth of toys at Carle Place Toys 'R Us with delivery to Lindenhurst later that day.

Update at 3 p.m.: Darius Rucker will be at the Toys 'R Us in Carle Place at 9 a.m. this coming Monday. The store is located at 117 Old Country Road, just west of the Meadowbrook Parkway. Once the toys are purchased and loaded onto the United States Marine Corp Toys for Tots trucks, they will then be transported and delivered to Lindenhurst.

Details on the Darius Rucker toy event scheduled for Monday in Lindenhurst are being finalized, a spokesperson involved in the event told Patch.

According to initial reports, Rucker along with the United States Marine Toys for Tots program will visit Lindenhurst early in the day Monday with $10,000 worth of toys.

Initial plans said that the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish would visit a Toys ‘R Us location near Lindenhurst to purchase the toys. He will then assist the Marines in loading the Toys for Tots truck on scene for the short trip to Lindenhurst for distribution.

“The widespread destruction from Hurricane Sandy has left entire communities in need,” Rucker said in a press release. “We want to help the children of Lindenhurst begin to heal and see a pathway to a brighter future. We want them to know that they will not be forgotten this season.”

Rucker will come to Lindenhurst as the result of an on-line vote through Eventful.com. With 5,109 votes, Lindenhurst topped Toms River, N.J., and Lincoln, Neb., in the voting.

Earlier in the month, Patch and AOL along with model and television personality Heidi Klum participated in Lindenhurst’s annual tree lighting on Wellwood Ave. 

Eileen Scaturro December 18, 2012 at 02:26 AM
So where were the toys distributed?
Kat December 18, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Lindy Pride...The toy drives that have been so lovingly put together were done so to help parents bring some joy and "normalcy" to their children during this holiday season. Most parents want there to be presents under the tree whether they are in their home, in a hotel or staying with friends. Money was tight for most of us before the storm and now the money is just not there for "extras" like holiday toys. The community has opened its arms and done a tremendous amount of volunteering and donating and everyone affected has been welcomed at Camp Bulldog, Shore Road Park, Operation Decoration Donation, Lindy Manpower, etc. No other town on LI has as much support as we do.
Kat December 18, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Regarding the Darius Rucker toy drop, we haven't had any real information because the sponsors have not given anyone any real information. They did not really go through the mayor or town officials, as we had hoped. What I know is that he shopped at Toys R Us in Carle Place today and he selected $14,000 worth of toys. That's $4,000 over the budget set up by Capital Records. That means that he paid the difference out of his own pocket. Pretty awesome if you ask me. The toys were given to the Marines for their Toys for Tots program. This was stated in the rules and we always knew that this would happen. What we didn't know was how the Marines would distribute the toys. Yes, they are in Lindy and yes, Lindy kids will receive them. (keep in mind, $14,000 may sound like an awful lot but it's certainly not enough for every child in town) The last update that I got was that the Marines delivered the toys to the Fire Department and the FD will deliver them to the various schools in Lindy. The principals and social workers know which families have been affected by the storm and they will see that the toys end up in the right hands. Hopefully everyone will see how blessed we are for winning the contest in the first place and trust that the Marines and the FD will do the best they can with what they have. Happy Holidays to all!
Jackie December 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
OK, I did receive a letter, yesterday afternoonfrom, the school pychologist of my daughter's school regarding a toy drive. When I speak to her, I will ask if these are the toys donated by Darius Rucker and the FD....and I will let you all know. Thanks for the info. My faith is restored....:)
Kat December 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Toys have been distributed and kids in Venice, Catholic Schools, Pre-schools, etc. were all included. Thank you to the Lindy FD for helping distribute the toys!

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