Toys for Tots Run Brings Out ECCA’s Best

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Classic car buffs got into the holiday spirit last weekend, as the Queens-based East Coast Car Association held its 12th annual toy run to benefit St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 14.

About 110 cars and motorcycles departed from Forest Park Bandshell at 12:30 p.m., following police escorts from the 102nd Precinct and Highway Patrol to the Bayside hospital, where they handed out toys and presented the hospital with a $15,000 donation.

In years past, the toy run started out from Otto Road in Glendale, but the NYPD issued this year’s permit for Forest Park.

Some ECCA members grumbled that the new starting place deprived car owners the chance to parade their prize-automobiles down local streets, but most agreed that Forest Park provided a picturesque backdrop for the day.

“This turned out to be nice,” said ECCA member Mike Bilski. “We’ll have a good time here, and then we’ll go and have a good time with the kids.”

To view a slideshow of classic cars at Forest Park, click on the image at the top of this post.

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