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Deserving Chinatown children enjoy Christmas

Young boy excited at his selection of a Caterpillar toy truck set.

By Shirley Ng, AsAmNews Staff Writer

It doesn’t take a lot to make children happy during Christmas. It just takes a toy.

Children selecting toys from table with volunteer, Mimi Wong


Last Saturday, the American Legion Lt. B.R. Kimlau Post 1291 in New York’s Chinatown hosted their annual Marines Toys for Tots program for a hundred families. They were invited to bring their children and select an age appropriate toy. 

Table of animal hats


Jimmy Quan, served two terms in the Marines and is a member of Chinatown’s American Legion. He facilitated in getting the toys from a distributor. 

Jimmy Quan


“I had volunteers with me to help pick up the toys and load them into vehicles last week in Brooklyn and an invitation was sent to disenfranchised families to register to bring their children and select a toy, said Quan.

Children selecting toys from table with volunteer, Karen Chan
Donald Young, member of the Post 1291 helping boy with Dinosaur toy set


He also told me the distribution of toys to him this year were unusually low compared to previous years and hopes there will be more next year.
On the second floor, the American Legion Lt. B.R. Kimlau Post 1291 set up six tables full of toys which included Jenga, a toy drum, Cabbage Patch dolls, remote control cars, a large stuffed Mickey Mouse, “Anna” dolls from the Disney movie, Frozen, and more.

Children select animal hats


One boy knew what he wanted and went straight towards a Caterpillar toy truck set. Another grabbed a toy dinosaur. A young girl test drove a toy shopping cart before carefully deciding if that would suit her. Every child that came to select a toy also received a whimsical fun animal hat. 

Young boy selected a build a dinosaur toy kit.

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