NEW ROCHELLE, NY (CBSNewYork) – A toy store in New Rochelle has figured out how to survive a pandemic by inspiring customers to help their neighbors.
Now, there’s something new on the shelves: a prestigious state business award.
The toy store is a happy place. But a year ago, the owner of TP Toys was “Shocked!”
“I don’t think we’ll last,” Salmon told CBS2’s Tony Aiello. “We are a small business. So to be here now, I am very honored, and the fact that we were able to give it up during the difficult times matters even more to me. “
Salmon is well known for its generous contributions and community initiatives. She spearheaded efforts to provide educational toys and accessories to families severely affected by the pandemic.
“When a pandemic hits, this amazing small business owner, instead of worrying about himself and his income, asks himself what he can do to foster the community,” City Member Yadira Ramos -Herbert said.
Generous customers have contributed online, allowing Salmon to deliver bags to nearly 600 happy children.
“I see that everyone’s willingness to give is always there. They just need one way out and we give it to them, ”said Salmon. “I’m very grateful that they answered every time we called.”
On Friday, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Salmon was honored with the Empire Award in 2021.
“She saw a problem and she used her ingenuity to actually create a solution,” said Stewart-Cousins.
“I do it because I want a better community for my kids,” said Salmon.
When it comes to giving back, this toy store owner doesn’t joke around.