Because of the recent flooding, a toy store in Northport has decided to give all of its toys to charity.


There will be a silver lining to Saturday’s torrential rain, which flooded Northport Village and forced the closure of multiple shops on Main Street.

The owner of Einstein’s Attic, a specialty toy shop, intends to donate hundreds of things to charity this Christmas season due to the storm’s flooding.

According to store owner Lori Badanes, Barbie Dream Houses, Le Toy Van goods, Hot Wheels autos, and other toys are on the list.

“The toys are in good condition, but we cannot sell them since the packaging is broken,” said Badanes, who has managed the business for ten years.

Badanes stated that she had already finalized and taken possession of toys for the next Christmas season, despite supply chain issues that were delaying orders throughout the nation.

“Our shop is stocked to capacity, and the rear storage area is also packed,” she remarked. “Because we feared we wouldn’t be able to buy [things] in time for the holidays, we’ve had to become hoarders.”

Saturday afternoon, portions of northern Nassau and Suffolk counties, including Huntington, Commack, and Smithtown, received between 112 and 2 inches of precipitation.

By Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service’s flood warning for the whole island had expired.

Dave Radell, a meteorologist with the weather service, said on Monday, “We have no reports of a flash flood in Northport on Saturday,” adding, “However, there was severe weather in the area all day Saturday.”

He warned that any thunderstorms triggered by the harsh weather might have led to localized flooding due to significant rainfall.

Badanes recounted that when the town was flooded, water entered her business from the front and rear doors.

“It flowed directly into our storage room, and everything on the ground was drenched,” she said.

She claimed that the wet toys included preassembled and cellophane-wrapped toys as well as those in cartons. She added that the toys are drying out at her residence and are being examined to ensure they are neither broken or dirty.

Badanes claimed that she has already reached out to the local preschools and non-profit organizations with which she often partners. According to Badanes, they have pressured her to wait until the Christmas gift drives to distribute the gifts.

She said, “I suppose that’s when toys are needed the most.” “These are large goods. I suppose that’s what makes this year distinct. We always do our share, but we would not donate large objects such as dollhouses, shopping carts, or vehicles.”

She indicated that the monetary worth of the damaged items was still being determined.

Janet Hoeft, president of the Northport Chamber of Commerce, noted that village trustees, the chamber, and residents have been addressing flooding problems for years.

“Main Street was completely inundated. “Water was gushing over the walkway,” stated Hoeff. “Northport has attempted to prepare the roads and drains for this, but it seems futile when there are such tremendous downpours.”

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September 26, 2022, 7:54 am

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