November 28, 2021

Motorcycle club holds event to benefit Toys for Tots

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Darrell Norton, the vice president of Cortland’s Sons of Sam Motorcycle Club, stands next to boxes of toys on Saturday at the group’s clubhouse. The club hosted a Toys for Tots drive on Saturday.

Each year, Cortland’s Sons of Sam Motorcycle Club holds a Toys for Tots drive in cooperation with Norm Stitzel, commander of Cortland’s Marine Corps. League, said Darrell Norton, the vice president of the club.

While it’s an important event year, the coronavirus pandemic has made it more so this year.

“This year, especially with COVID, it’s going to be rough for kids so we’d like to do what we can to help,” Norton said.

The group collected toys Saturday afternoon at its Cortlandville clubhouse on Route 11.

While the number of people donating was low, mostly due to the beautiful weather, Norton said about two boxes — about 2 1/2 feet tall by 2 1/2 feet long — filled with toys.

How you can you help

Checks or money order: Payable to Toys for Tots, P.O. box 5113, Cortland, N.Y. 13045

Donate online: Specify Cortland at

Volunteer: Call or email local coordinator Norm Stitzel at cortland.ny@ or 607-423-9031 Apply for toys beginning Nov. 1: y4sfajdf

Additionally, about four or five boxes distributed to local businesses around the county had also been filled with toys, he said.

“There’s a lot of people that need help and that’s what we try to do,” member Phil Space said. With people losing jobs from the pandemic, donations were less frequent. State data show that 700 fewer people in Cortland County had a job in September than in September 2019.

And of those who are back to work, many have weeks or months of unpaid bills to catch up on.

“Money’s tight with everybody so we understand that,” he said. “Some of the people who usually donate need the money, themselves.”

Norton said that toys can still be donated up until December when Stitzel will collect the boxes.

For those who have toys they would like to donate, they can contact Norton on the group’s Facebook page, Sons of Sam MC Cortland,, to learn more on how to drop off or have members collect toys, Norton said.