Dressbarn collects toys in Whitestone

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Dressbarn, a leading national specialty women’s apparel retailer with several locations in the Queens area, announced a new partnership with Toys for Tots in a toy drive.
From Monday, December 8 through Friday, December 12, local residents can bring new, unwrapped toys to Dressbarn stores, including the Whitestone location at the Whitestone shopping center, according to Lydia Vitale-Sweet, District Sales Manager for the store.
To show their heartfelt thanks, the store will give customers who donate a 15 percent coupon off a regular priced item, Vitale-Sweet said.
The Toys for Tots program exists to help disadvantaged children in the United States experience the joy of Christmas, play an active role in the development of children, unite members of the local communities in a common cause during the annual toy campaign, and contribute to better communities overall in the future, according to the group’s web site.
“We want to spread that holiday cheer to those who are in need, and this initiative really helps us to do that,” Vitale-Sweet declared.
“We at the Whitestone Dressbarn location are proud that the company has decided to take part in this effort and are so happy to be a part of this great mission this year,” she said.
“We really hope that the Whitestone community comes together to give to children who are really in need,” said Vivian Behrens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Dressbarn, Inc. “Just the thought of knowing that they are giving a child hope this Christmas season should be heartwarming,” she added.
As of November, the Company operated over 840 Dressbarn stores in 46 states and over 650 Maurices stores in 43 states. “Thanks to the customers who donate, we’ll be able to give smiles to children nationwide this holiday season,” Behrens said.
For more information on Dressbarn in Whitestone, or its participation in the Toys for Tots Drive, please call 718-747-6692.