Local radio station dials in Toys for Tots

By Perry Russom

December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM EDT

Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A fire at The Storage Center in Norwich destroyed thousands of dollars in toys for Toys for Tots last Friday.

Collecting for the toys lost has been a community effort.

WCDO sits at 101 on the FM dial - playing the hits from the past few decades, but on Monday, their tune was a little different.

"There's so many families and kids in need and we thought how do you not step up and do something to help," said Craig Stevens, general manager at WCDO.

All that's left from the fire in Norwich are blackened boxes and charred toy trucks. The smell of burnt plastic and wood still weighs in the air.

The damaged totaled $5,000 for Toys for Tots.

To help make up the cost, the radio station decided to host a toy drive.

"This community in Sidney, but also the tri-county community, when things happen like this, they always rally around the cause," said Stevens.

All day Monday, people dropped off toys at the station by the bag-full. They left play sets, trucks and race cars. When they didn't drop off toys, they're dropped off checks.

In less than 12 hours, they collected a little more than $3,000.

"It's just been a combination of individuals and businesses and we're really excited about the fact that its taken off," said Stevens.

Visions Credit Union dropped off a check today to Toys for Tots of $5,000. That one check makes up for all of the toys lost.

"I don't know what to say," said Chris Ulatowski. "We're just overwhelmed with the support from our community and even outside the community."

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