June 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In Berkeley Heights, when we think of poor, we think that not every kid has their own iPad. That maybe a family doesn’t have a flat screen TV or the latest iPhone 5S. Perhaps not a laptop or a moon roof on their cars. However, in Genoa, West Virginia, these items are pure fantasy. A real house is a long shot and flat screen TVs have maybe never been seen before in their lifetimes. Toys are a rarity that you can count on one hand for every household.
This is why, between January 2013 and December 2013, a toy drive was organized by Boy Scout Troop 68 of Berkeley Heights and students of Immaculata High School in Somerville. Over 100 total kids from Boy Scout Troop 68 and Cub Scout Pack 268 participated in the effort. Over a ton of toys filled up a truck and were delivered to Genoa, West Virginia, on December 19, 2013.
The efforts of both groups were recognized at an awards presentation on March 17. Carl Ganz, President of Seton Software, LLC presented to troop 68 Boy Scouts Alton Grossman and Andrew Clark, both of whom led the effort to collect the toys. Gantz is affiliated with numerous charities and coordinated the delivery of the toys. He is also a Cub Scout leader in his own pack, Pack 95 of Somerville, NJ.
The drive has been running for sixteen years, and a larger number has not been collected to date. Over 750 toys were collected by Troop 68 alone. Other organizations that participated in the toy drive were other Boy Scout troops in Northern and Central NJ as well as the Muhlenberg lacrosse team and International Playthings, LLC.