There was a classic case of generous giving last week inside SCD Sales & Liquidation, located next to Northeast Auto Body at 807 Hartford Ave. in Johnston.
It also came from a man — Steven Day — who takes pride in helping the community help others.
“Johnston has been very good to us,” Day said while greeting Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena inside the huge warehouse filled with wooden pallets-upon-palettes heaped with general merchandise from some of the world’s largest retailers. “So, that’s why we’re giving back.”
Day, who owns the family-run business with his son Steven Day Jr. and daughter Leanne, actually gave the first of two extraordinary donations, and Mayor Polisena offered, “this is certainly a unique and unusual pre-Christmas present.”
The palette, which was covered with a strong plastic wrap, contained what Day told Polisena was a minimum of 150 toys, dolls, games, sports equipment and even V-Tech Kids Learning Toys for boys and girls.
Kevin Cherubino, a building maintenance foreman with the Johnston Department of Public works, and Ben Zanni Jr. said: “(The toys) will certainly make a lot of children happy this Christmas.”
The unusual gift, Day also explained, will be distributed to children from needy families in Johnston.
Until the annual distribution is held, the “generous gifts will be stored inside the DPW Garage then will be taken to the respective schools in Johnston once school and town officials finalize the annual and always heart-warming grand gifts.
“I am very grateful to Mr. (Steven) Day for his very generous donation for the children of Johnston,” Polisena offered. “It is corporate citizens like Mr. Day who allow the children of our town to have a very, very Merry Christmas.”
The Day family’s fantastic act of giving, though, will come two-fold.
“There are Barbie dolls, action rangers, Fisher Price toys and games, Little Tike’s puzzles, Paw Patrol, policemen, LOL dolls and Rainbow High dolls contained within the plastic wrapped palette that Day Jr. loaded onto the back end of a DPW truck with a forklift after last week’s presentation.
But as Polisena learned after again thanking Day for the gifts, Day will soon make another extraordinary donation to go along with the toy distribution.
“Once we talk with school officials and receive sizes, we’re going to give cloths for the annual Adopt a Family Program as part of our Charismas donation,” Day explained.
The Days have also helped the Johnston Girls Softball League “because I know how hard it is for groups like that to raise much-needed money; I used to coach in that program.”
For more information about SCD Sales & Liquidation call Day, or Steve Jr. or Leanne, at 401-241-1298 or simply stop, the business is open to the public.
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