NEW YORK – Steve Weatherford and Damontre Moore showed up to the Viacom building on Friday afternoon and got straight to work.
After an afternoon of workouts, the two hopped in a car for Manhattan where they aided Viacom employees and volunteers from Second Chance Toys, a charity that originated Mountainside under founder Sasha Lipton, in bagging up refurbished action figures and play castles for underprivileged kids in the area.
In the hours leading up to Weatherford and Moore’s arrival, the toys, which were salvaged from a curbside garbage collection, were buffed and polished before donation.
“I didn’t grow up with a lot,” Weatherford said. “I remember growing up and getting tennis shoes and having to stuff tissue paper into the ends of them. As my foot would grow, I would pull out the tissue paper.
“It’s the same thing with toys, I never had new toys. We always bought our toys at garage sales and this is similar, only the kids don’t have to buy anything.”
Moore, who has been actively involved in several charities since arriving in New Jersey,
“Whenever Steve invites me to do something, I know it’s for the better good,” Moore said. “These toy drives, I was one of those kids, I was raised with five sisters. My mom always worked two or three jobs, my dad always worked night shifts.”
Both gave a brief speech to the volunteers about their roots and why it led them to work with Second Chance Toys before the bagged items were stuffed into delivery trucks and redistributed to children’s centers across New York City.
By | Conor Orr