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A Tradition of Giving: Wayne freshman organizes 8th annual toy drive

At just six years old, Josh Armstrong was already thinking about giving back.

Wanting to help children who were sick and couldn’t spend the holidays with their families, Josh started a toy collection to be donated to the local children’s hospital.

Now, 8 years later, the 14 yearold high school freshman is still just as dedicated to that wish he made so many years ago.

Last year, Josh amassed over 375 donations through his collection site at Secor Hardware in Ontario and has set a goal of 400 donations this year.

Beyond his charitable giving, Josh is an honor roll student at Wayne as well as a multi-sport athlete for the Eagles.

Assisting him this season are Josh’s siblings, Rob, Amelia and Sophie.

Suggested items are toys for the imagination such as puzzles, board games and card games. Also new books, sports items such as footballs and basketballs and blankets. All items should be new and unwrapped.

This year, the toys collected will be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital, Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and several local families.

Anyone looking to donate can drop off their items at Secor in the Tops Plaza on Route 104 in Ontario now through December 17th.