Aruba Sends Toys To Breezy Point
In an effort to support a community of firefighters and their families heavily affected by Hurricane Sandy, Aruba spearheaded a two-week international toy donation this month and donated more than 900 toys to the children of Breezy Point.
Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) and the Aruba Fire Department encouraged island residents and tourists to contribute new and unwrapped toys for kids ages 1-13 to the donation, which were distributed to Breezy Point children by the fire companies in Breezy.
“As so many of our visitors are New Yorkers, we’ve come to know them as true friends of our One Happy Island and wanted to do our part to give back during their time of need,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of ATA. “We are proud of our firefighters for embracing this opportunity to send a little holiday happiness to the children and families of Breezy Point, and really enjoyed seeing Arubans come together to support this cause.”
Schools, shops, companies, hotels, families and individuals throughout Aruba contributed to the toy drive, which took place from December 7 through December 21. With the cooperation of General Air, American Airlines, Swiss Cargo, JetBlue and the Reina Beatrix International Airport, the toys were delivered to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, December 22, and were accepted by uniformed firefighters from Breezy Point.
“Firefighters are part of a brotherhood who put their lives on the line every day, and this effort was about the firefighters of Aruba lending a hand to their brothers in New York,” said Cliff Faldman, a retired U.S. firefighter and current Aruba resident who traveled on that same flight to Breezy Point to help deliver the toys. “It was truly rewarding to be involved with this great initiative.”
Aruba, nestled in the Southern Caribbean on the fringes of the hurricane belt, is a four-hour flight from New York.