Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins presented TP Toys And Accessories' in New Rochelle with the award Friday afternoon.
- A special honor given today to a toy store in Westchester County. When the pandemic first started and families were locked inside, TP Toys and Accessories went above and beyond to donate toys and crafts to underprivileged kids. Well, now the state is recognizing their good deeds. Eyewitness News Reporter Darla Miles has the story.
KEMESHA SALMON: I do it because I want a better community for my children, and I feel that if it's a better community for them it's helping others-- other children-- to thrive.
DARLA MILES: She helped the city of New Rochelle when it was arguably at its lowest moment-- the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic last March. All businesses were closed, but Kemesha Salmon was still working.
ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: Kemesha Salmon decided that she would start giving out mystery bags, and she did it through the store's website.
DARLA MILES: In fact, Salmon gave out 560 of these mystery bags from her store, TP Toys and Accessories-- educational goodies that quickly helped to restore a sense of normalcy and structure for kids when there was none. It's why she was honored with a New York Empire Award Friday morning--
ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: Congratulations.
DARLA MILES: --which recognizes businesses that make a significant contribution to the community's quality of life.
ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: During COVID, she found a way to make sure that what was happening in there benefited this entire community.
SHELLEY B MAYER: This is the only path during that very tough time.
DARLA MILES: A stabilizing force during tough times and beyond.
KEMESHA SALMON: I'm just so thankful and our work will continue.