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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. 

LindyMom*4 December 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Why a Toys R Us in Carle Place and not Massapequa or Bayshore?
Robert December 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Cause from what I heard those stores can't meet the demand of the amount
Brenda December 15, 2012 at 01:12 AM
This is nice sure why not a toy's r us in massapequa park. it doesn't really matter where the toys will come from, the purpose is themeaning of aide to the parents or grandparents that cannot buy a gift for their little ones. Hopefully the children from Harding will be the first one to receive some of these gifts since their area was hit the hardest, and not the kids for those who work for the town!
Brian W December 15, 2012 at 01:55 AM
They do not get distributed off the back of a truck in some random location. They go to the marine corp toys for tots program. The program works in a very specific manner as outlined on the toys for tots website. I would be very surprised if it happens in any other manner. A photo op with darius, a govt official and some marines is im sure whats in the works. Avg of 20 a toy makes it around 500 toys. Now figure out how many were affected ......
Meddie Rivera December 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Where in lindenhurst?
Kat December 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
However this plays out I hope everyone will remember how awesome this is and remember the support it took to get us to this point. I trust that the Toys for Tots program will do right by Lindy and thank everyone for their support in this contest and their continued support of our town! Lindy Pride at it's best!
Jamey Warren December 16, 2012 at 05:48 PM
How do we apply to get a toy?
Concerned Citizen December 16, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Jamey - did you suffer damage from Superstorm Sandy?
Ronald Rizzo December 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Families that can prove they live south of Montauk Hgwy in Lindenhurst should receive toys first, Then after they go, everybody else that can prove they live in Lindenhurst should go after that!
Meddie Rivera December 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Ok but where is this taking place???
Concerned Citizen December 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
$10,000 isn't going to buy all that much - figure on average a $20 toy - that is 500 toys... There were how many families affected by Super Storm Sandy? How many affected and displaced kids??
Jamey Warren December 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Yes, we live on Knoll street, I have 3 kids.
Jamey Warren December 16, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I want to get one for them all to share so there is more toys for other families.
Yvonne December 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
How do we sign up? We live on W lake drive and have 2 small children who attend Harding ave school. We were terribly affected by Sandy.
Jackie December 17, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Being that it is already Sunday evening....when will the specifics be announced? All of us effected by Hurricane Sandy and those of us who voted and passed along the info to have others vote for Lindy should be notified as to when and where this is taking place....what's the hold up?
Jamey Warren December 17, 2012 at 02:54 AM
My biggest question is... I have to work tomorrow... Does that mean since I will not be there, I cannot participate?
Lindenhurst December 17, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Anybody affected by Sandy should get toys for kids anybody that lives in lindenhurst dont demand something u dont need.They should require to ask for photo I.D.Many people trying to demand toys that arent in need just like a few weeks ago when Heidi Klum came to Lindenhurst.So many shameless people got toys that arent in need and so many people affected by Sandy didnt get anything.How could someone sleep at night knowing some other kids need this toys?.Toys should be giving to kids in need and the rest to some other parts in Long Island Affected by Sandy.Just because lindenhurst won should get everything only people in need.Happy Holidays and Merry christmas.
Lindenhurst December 17, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Are serious? I.D would be require .Lindenhurst residents ONLY.
Lindy Pride December 17, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Is there gonna be anything for the adults you own etc the homes being recognize how hard things are.... I know people are doing toys for the children and I applaud them but seems everything is about toys... there is much more the families need let alone the person who owns the homes or leases them etc that are providing shelter for their family... or families that have been supporting and providing for there extended families meaning helping single parents that have their parent or parents providing furniture, shelter, food prior to the Storm that are stressed that they need things to get back to a normal life... yes I see the Lindy exchange, and Lindy Bulldog but children use to get a stuffed toy/animal in disasters in the past like from the red cross etc but it has become toys, games and more toys.. All I can say children are getting very confused.... It is like coming to school getting toys their or at all kinds of gatherings then going back to living is a destroyed home or hotel or friends house/other family members homes and seeing the destruction etc... does anyone get this and hear this. Like there is a factory (white building) on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst on North of Montauk heading west before South Wellwood... They have there sign in front that states the truth that "Christmas is not about getting presents but by openning our hearts" so what we teaching our children with all these events and numerous gifts>> am I wrong...
Jackie December 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I heard that the gifts/toys are going to toys for tots and that the Lindy kids/Hurricane Sandy vicitms aren't getting anything. If that is true, then I think the Lindenhurst Community has been duped! Not surprised! Charity never reaches its true destination anyway.....:(
Jamey Warren December 18, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Well, what's the verdict? What's going on?
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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