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Toy drive aims to fill buses to the brim

"I already see it being a huge success," Castilla said. "Just being on board is a huge success."

This year's Stuff the Bus campaign began Thursday, Nov. 6, with one large yellow bus parked outside of Toys 'R' Us in Colonie.

"On the 6th they filled half the bus, on the 7th they stayed at the Toys 'R' Us and filled the other half," said Casey.

With many people pinching pennies this holiday season, Casey said he is hopeful that people will come out to support the cause.

"Now the economy's not so great. I think what it may do is [cause] people to now prioritize their charities," he said. "I'd like to think that Toys for Tots and helping kids out will be at the top of the list."

According to Ogborn, observing certain trends from last year's Stuff the Bus should help the district target stores to park outside of that will bring the most success.

"We did different events [last year], and they didn't work out so well. This year we're going to be in front of Kohl's " they have a great toy department. Last year, we tried Colonie Center and didn't do so well. I guess everything is location," she said.

Ogborn also said last year's experience has showed the district what types of toys are most in need.

"Most times we're short on 10-to-12-year-old little girls and baby toys. We get a lot cars and Barbies. But we need things that little girls would like. And it's always nice to have preschool items," she said.

District officials are hoping that this year, the number of toys brought in will be comparable to last year. Casey said that if the school district can bring in 10,001 toys, this year's Stuff the Bus will be a great success.

The bus will be parked outside of the Northway Mall, Kohl's Plaza and Jo-Ann Fabrics to accept unwrapped toy donations between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, or "Black Friday," and will be accepting donations from each of the district's schools on the following days: Monday, Dec. 1, Forest Park School; Tuesday, Dec. 2, Saddlewood School; Wednesday, Dec. 3, Shaker Road School; Thursday, Dec. 4, Roessleville School, and Friday, Dec. 5, Veeder School. ""

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