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Toy Drive provides nearly 5,000 toys donated to area to non-profits
Trenton, NJ – New Jersey state workers donated nearly 5,000 new, unwrapped gifts during a three week toy drive for children in need. The toys were distributed this week by department Commissioners to non-profit organizations throughout the state.Governor Chris Christie announced a month-long season of service this year, during which Cabinet members and their executive staffs participated in service activities throughout the state. The toy drive is one of a few organized state department collections including, Back to School backpacks, Blood donations, coats, and non-perishable food items.  

“These donations represent the real spirit of the season,” said Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez, whose department coordinates the collection. “These toys will help ensure that thousands of children served by community-based agencies statewide have something new and special to open this holiday season.”

Trenton-based offices’ donations were divided among local non-profit agencies at the discretion of each department. Other state agencies, facilities, regional and satellite offices designate organizations in their respective areas for distribution.

To date, donations have been made to:
1. Mercer Street Friends
2. Homeless to Independence
3. Mt. Carmel Guild
4. Big Brothers Big Sisters
5. Salvation Army
6. Never Give Up Foundation
7. HomeFront
8. Apostle House
9. Woman Space
10. Catholic Charities
11. Tender Hearts
12. Kids Alley
13. Children’s Home Society
14. Capital Health System’s Pediatric Unit

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