UTICA — Roser Communications, WKTV and Birnie Bus announced the end to another successful Stuff the Bus toy drive.
An estimated 15,000 toys were collected for 12 different agencies to help families in need this holiday season.
Stuff the Bus kicked off on Nov. 15 at the New Hartford Shopping Center and included stops at Kmart in New Hartford and Herkimer, Target in Sangertown Square, the Utica Memorial Auditorium, Toys R Us in New Hartford and Herb Philipson’s stores in Herkimer, Oneida and Rome.
Most of the donations were from individuals in the community, but there were also businesses and organizations that dropped off toys at the New Hartford Shopping Center between Dec. 9 and 13. That was when Mark Piersma from “Talk of the Town” on 100.7 FM WUTQ camped out in a trailer in the parking lot for five straight days.
The agencies that received toys from this year’s Stuff the Bus were the Key Program, UCP Preschool, Kids Oneida, Utica Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities in Oneida and Madison Counties, House of the Good Shepherd, Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Rome Rescue Mission, Cornerstone Community Church, Thea Bowman House, Wee Care Program and AIDS Community Resources.
“This was our most successful year yet, but we couldn’t have done it without all of the volunteers that helped us and the community who pitched in so generously. Central New York certainly is a special place to live,” said Ken Roser, owner of Roser Communications, the parent company of 97.9/105.5 KISS FM, Bug Country 99.7 and 101.1, and 100.7 FM WUTQ, in a news release.