WRITTEN BY JOSEPH MATOS

Alexander “Al” Diguido one of St. Francis College’s most prominent alumnus announced a Hurricane Sandy Holiday Toy Drive for this holiday season.

On Nov. 18, Al’s Angels, a nonprofit charitable organization founded by Connecticut resident, fellow Franciscan and CEO of Optimus Publishing, Al DiGuido, announced his organization is unveiling a major effort to help children ranging from new born to 10 years old that have been effected by the Hurricane Sandy disaster.

Al’s Angels Holiday Toy drive goal is to secure toys and gifts for children that have been impacted greatly within the tri-state area.

The Holiday Toy Drive aims to secure toys and gifts for children that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy within the tri-state area. Around this time of year typically the organization provides holiday meals and gifts to children and families who are battling cancer, rare blood diseases terrible financial hardship.

The organization witnessed the annihilating effects of Hurricane Sandy on thousands of children within the tri-state area and because of this are organizing to expand it’s mission to provide toys and gifts to children in the impacted areas during the holiday season.

Persons wanting to give to Al’s Angels Hurricane Sandy Toy Drive have a number of ways to give to this cause. Al’s Angels will start collecting toys for children ages newborn to 10 years old on the weekend of Nov. 24-25.

The organization will be present at Santa’s Workshop located at 1175 Post Road in Westport (opposite Greens Farms School) from 9 AM-5 PM. The workshop is accessible via elevator to the second floor at the rear of the building.

For any person that would rather make a financial contribution towards the purchase of toy for a needy child; donations to the Toy Drive can be made through the Al’s Angels website (www.alsangels.org) . Simply click on the “Donate” button and find the Hurricane Sandy Toy Drive in the drop down menu and follow the instructions to make your donation. 100 percent of the dollars donated will be used to purchase toys for children.

If instead you would like to make your contribution via check and/or ship toys to Al’s Angels, please send to Al’s Angels – 342 Greens Farms Road, Westport, CT 06880

Information regarding Al’s Angels Hurricane Sandy Toy Drive

• WhenNovember 24th- 25th (note: event is taking place on these dates, however toys and donations for the cause will be accepted through December 23rd)
• Where –Santa’s Workshop – 1175 Post Road, Westport, CT – Opposite Crate & Barrel – 2ndFloor
• WE NEED –Unwrapped toys for children ages newborn – 10 years old
• Make a Contribution – Go to www.alsangels.org– Make a Hurricane Sandy Toy Drive donation
• By Check – Send to Al’s Angels – 342 Greens Farms Road ,Westport, CT 06880
• Ship Toys- Al’s Angels 342 Greens Farms Road,Westport, CT 06880

Al’s Angels works with prominent partners like Tomorrow’s Childrens Fund, St. Barnabas Hospital, Union Community Health Center, CLASP Homes, Mercy Learning Center , Columbia Presbyterian, Saint Christopher Ottille and more.

Al DiGuido put this statement out on his organizations mission.

“At Al’s Angels we have always been focused on helping children in desperate need,” said Al’s Angels founder Al DiGuido.

“The recent Hurricane has devastated so many children and families in our area. As we move towards the holiday season, we cannot sit by and watch this level of suffering from so many in our area. Our Holiday Drive is an effort to help repair the fragile hearts and spirits of the youngest in our communities. We are focused on returning to them the toys that they have cherished during their lives. We have no greater mission that to ease the suffering of others.”

The work of Al’s Angels continues to attract large attention and acceptance in the tri-state area. The group currently has over 1,000 members who take an active part in the fund raising, meal assembly, gift wrapping and delivery.

Al Diguido majored in Political Science at Saint Francis College and continues to give back to his alma mater while being a dedicated Franciscan and active alumnus.

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