For the eighth consecutive year, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Timothy J. Rooney and Catholic Charities will team up to make the holiday season happier for the less fortunate. Empire City will host the “Christmas Spirit Toy and Coat Drive” now through Wednesday, December 17th. Empire City will be accepting the donations every day throughout the period at the promotions booth.

Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats anytime during that period. The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities-supported agencies for the Christmas Holidays. The toy and coat drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino, and thousands of toys and coats have been donated since 2007 when the campaign was launched.

Empire City Casino has a long history of working with Catholic Charities to help New Yorkers in need, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” says Rooney.

A press conference will be held on December 17 at 12:30 PM to present the coats and toys collected at the casino’s valet entrance with Mr. Rooney, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and representatives from Catholic Charities Community Services and Aisling Irish Community Center.