GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – About 1,400 toys have been donated to children on Long Island affected by superstorm Sandy.

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Over $1,500 in donations were also collected, which were used to buy gift cards for older kids.

It’s a result of the Sacks for Sandy toy drive organized online by Michele Catalano and Leah Reich.

“All ages and all price ranges on it. We put it out there on Twitter and on Facebook and it, just everybody started donating,” Catalano told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Volunteers and local fire departments will distribute the toys to the children.

At the collection site in Garden City Monday, it was all smiles.

“Giving to kids who have been displaced, who have lost everything they own, it’s a good feeling,” Catalono said. “It’s overwhelming how many people just willingly without really even knowing us just donated so much stuff to us. It’s a good thing to do at this time of year.”

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