As reported by the media, Alef Bet Preschool in Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood began receiving presents every few days in June, and by August, several 27-pound boxes were being delivered daily.
Each of the deliveries contained at least 50 wooden puzzles or a few water slides that feature the American flag. The toys are from the Ninostar brand, and some are currently sold on Amazon by a Tel Aviv-based company called AA Media.
As it stands, when the Amazon boxes began overcrowding the preschool’s lobby, and it realized its students were too young to use the puzzles or slides, the Chabad center donated the items to the nearby Eisman Day Nursery School. The nursery school said it plans on giving the toys to parents and possibly using the slides during the summer months.
Rabbi Uriel Vigler, co-director of the Chabad Israel Center of the Upper East Side with his wife, Shevy, said they will continue to donate the toys as they arrive.
As far as Amazon is concerned, the company told the media it believes the seller was trying to donate the toys to the preschool, meaning the packages were no mistake. The company added that it has investigated the shipments, and a spokesperson said “within hours, we flagged these deliveries and have stopped any others from being sent to the school from this seller.”