Jennifer Shirar / DVIDS ALBANY – A statewide holiday toy, coat and school supply drive has collected and distributed more than 7,000 items to help New Yorkers in need this holiday season.New York State officials say collections took place across the state over the past several weeks.Members of the Governor’s administration organized collections across the state and are distributing 7,348 toys, coats and school supplies to communities in need.For the first time, donations were also collected by mail to provide another option to participate amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “During this trying year, New Yorkers have shown up for each other like never before, and I am proud that our annual toy drive tradition continues to bring hope to those who need it the most,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am grateful to those who volunteered and donated this year, many of whom face hardships of their own due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the spirit of the holiday season, and this is the spirit of New York.”A number of state agencies and organizations collected new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies that were provided by businesses and individuals and either mailed in or brought to drop-off locations across the state.Walmart provided a donation of $15,000, which purchased 1,211 toys which are being distributed across the state.Volunteers from the China General Chamber of Commerce also participated in collecting 420 toys for New Yorkers – the third year in a row that the group has participated. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
U.S. intelligence officials say it appears Iran accidentally shot down a commercial airplane killing all 176 soles using a Russian anti-missile system.Multiple media reports say the Boeing 737 plane bound for Kiev crash was an accident.The crash happened a few hours after Iran launched missiles to Iraq to attack bases that host U.S. troops.It’s Russian built surface-to-air missile-defense system was likely active in case the U.S. decided to retaliate.Most of the people on board were either Iranian or Canadian.