Spreading Holiday Cheer To Children Affected By Hurricane Maria


As a community that was affected by Hurricane Sandy during the holiday season, OPTYX Eyewear and Surf For All, a nonprofit, hope Long Islanders will join them in helping bring holiday cheer to the children of Puerto Rico.

OPTYX Eyewear will be accepting donations of toys through Dec. 9, ending their efforts with a Lafont Trunk Show in the Wheatley Plaza location. Anyone who wishes to donate a gift or gift card in any denomination for these children in need will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $500 OPTYX gift card and a week of surf camp on Long Island or Puerto Rico.

All toy donations should be dropped off at OPTYX Wheatley Plaza, 190 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, NY 11548, or OPTYX East Hampton, 10 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937.

“I will never forget walking into our home after Hurricane Sandy for the first time with our son, he looked up at me and said, ‘Dad, do you mean to tell me ALL my toys are gone?'” said Randy Dodd. “At that point our hearts sunk, but the last thing we could think of replacing at that point was his toys when we had no home.”

Surf For All has been sending shipments to Puerto Rico for weeks and will be sponsoring the entire shipment of gifts to Puerto Rico. They will be dropping off toys to local churches and charities on Dec. 20, in Rincon, along with others participating in “voluntourism” (people traveling to Puerto Rico, spending 1-2 days volunteering and the rest of their trip vacationing).

To complete the entire circle of giving, there is also limited lodging included in this initiative for any corporations wishing to personally hand out toys to the churches in Puerto Rico on Dec. 20.

On Nov. 30, at 5 p.m., professional surfers Will and Cliff Skudin, founders of Surf For All will be at OPTYX Wheatley Plaza during Champions For Charities for a meet-and-greet and to collect toys. 

On Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lafont Trunk Show and Holiday Cheer takes place. The raffle winner will be announced.

On Dec. 20, in  Rincon Puerto Rico, Skudin Surf and Surf For All will be delivering toys to churches and drop-off sites in Puerto Rico.

If you are interested in participating, contact Ingrid Dodd ingrid@ingriddoddpr.com or 516-503-3971.


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