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Binghamton Holiday Toy Drive Continues To Grow In 12th Year

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Friday marked the first year, the Children's Charity of Greater Binghamton was able to hold two separate events for its annual Give Back Friday toy drive.

This year, the organization partnered with Mirabito, which hosted a two-hour afternoon toy drive at a prime location, right across from Target on the Vestal Parkway. And if the toys and free hot cocoa weren't enough to get customers in the spirit of giving,  low gas prices seemed to seal the deal.

At the start of the toy drive, Mirabito cut the price of regular unleaded by .40 cents per gallon to $2.19 at its 3151 Vestal Parkway location.

Children's Charity of Greater Binghamton President Jim Worhach credits the toy drive's growth to tremendous support from area businesses and Broome County residents.

"When we start planning events every year, not only do they contact us and say 'What can we do? We want to be a part of it.' but they say 'What more can we do this year to make the event even bigger and even better?"

The traditional evening toy drive and party held at the Old Union Town Hall at 1 Grace Street in Binghamton featured live music, a silent auction, and raffles with $10,000 in prizes.

In 12 years, Give Back Friday has become the area's largest toy drive.

To learn more, visit BinghamtonKids.com or contact the organization president Jim Worhach at 607-761-0016.