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Get a Ride on a Monster Truck as Part of the Season of Hope Toy Drive

November 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

What happens when the owners of a restaurant, a farm stand and a collection of monster trucks get together to come up with an idea for a toy drive?  Area residents are invited to find out on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, when car enthusiasts who bring a new, unwrapped toy or a $5 contribution to the Chatterbox Restaurant between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. will be allowed to ride in a monster truck in the unused fields at Ideal Farms.  All proceeds benefit the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive for Sussex County children.  The vehicles will be provided by New Jersey Monster Trucks, a company which specializes in hosting monster truck events throughout the state.  The Chatterbox Restaurant is located at 1 State Highway 15, at the intersection of Route 206, in Augusta.  Ideal Farms is located across the street.  Patrons are invited to park at the Chatterbox, drop off their contributions and queue up for a joy ride.

Hosting the event in support of local families was important to Don Hall, owner of the Chatterbox Restaurant and a supporter of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Our goal is to help local families.  I am very familiar with Project Self-Sufficiency.  It is a county-based organization and we want to keep these contributions in the county.”

The Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive involves a consortium of local social service agencies and businesses who have banded together to collect toys and other items for low-income families in the area.  Led by Project Self-Sufficiency, the group includes Pass it Along, Intercar Mercedes Benz, Sussex Honda, The New Jersey Herald, Mugs Media and Clear Channel Radio.  The group hopes to collect more than 10,000 items for distribution to low-income Sussex County families in mid-December. 

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“We are extremely grateful to the owners of the Chatterbox Restaurant, Ideal Farms and New Jersey Monster Trucks for the creative way they have come together in support of the low-income families in our area,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Neighbors like these truly will make this a season of hope for Sussex County children.”

Those who wish to contribute to the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive, but who are unable to attend the Monster Truck event on December 7th and 8th, are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Gift items will be gratefully received at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Additional drop-off sites will be added in the coming weeks.  Donations are requested by December 16th in order to allow ample time for the items to be distributed to needy families.   For more information, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.

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