RUSCOMBMANOR TWP., Pa. - Two cousins are looking to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.
"We said, 'Maybe we should do something. Let's join together,'" said Massimo Caloiero.
Caloiero and Massimo Grande share more than the same first name and a family tree; they're both restaurant owners. Caloiero owns The Pour House on Pricetown Road in Ruscombmanor Township, while Grande owns Nonno Alby's on Penn Avenue in West Reading. They're both hosting a special toy drive.
"We just felt like we could help with the Bethany Children's Home," said Grande.
New, unwrapped toys dropped off by patrons will brighten the holidays for kids at the home in Heidelberg Township. The cousins already have a truckload, but they'll need your help to fill more than that.
"We said our goal was to fill two vans, his van and my van," said Grande.
The cousins said they are specifically in need of Amazon gift cards and arts & crafts items. As a reward for your generosity, if you drop off a gift at either restaurant by December 12, either of the cousins would like to give something back to you.
"We're offering 20%-off gift cards if you bring an unwrapped toy, a chance to enter for a $50 gift card to us -- the Pour House or Nonno Alby's -- and a chance to win 76ers tickets," said Caloiero, "so we're giving back."
As if that's not enough, the cousins are going on a toy-shopping spree on their own dime. It's their way of sharing the joy of Christmas they said they were lucky enough to have.
"All local businesses have been chipping in as well and loving and spreading the joy, and it's beyond exciting," said Grande.