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Posted on: December 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Legislator Trotta Hosts a Donation Box for an Eagle Scout Holiday Toy Drive

(Smithtown, NY)….Daniel Kyranakis, a Senior Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Troop 565, and a Junior at Smithtown High School West, is doing a toy drive to benefit the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. He is using this activity as a means to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.   Daniel is collecting new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls. Ages range from infant through 17 years old. Please drop items off at the following locations from now until December 19:

  • Mema’s Pizzeria – 1147 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
  • HIA-LIA – 225 Wireless Blvd., Suite 101, Hauppauge
  • Daniel’s home – 18 Asbury Drive, Smithtown
  • Office of Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta – 59 Landing Avenue,  (Suite 1 – Blue Door) Smithtown


John Theissen was 17 when he was in the hospital due to a brain tumor. Prior to his surgery, a young girl, who was also in the hospital, befriended him. There was a holiday party, but John was too ill to attend, but the little girl requested a teddy bear for her new friend, John. Four years later, he hosted his first toy drive for kids in the hospital. Thus, the beginning of the John Theissen Foundation, which hosts a toy drive every year to collect toys for underprivileged youngsters and children who are in the hospital. 


“I commend Daniel for undertaking this initiative especially when so many children will benefit and get to have a nice holiday, during the pandemic, due to the generosity of residents of the Town of Smithtown,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.

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