BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The underprivileged children of Appalachia will once again have a happy holiday thanks to the hard work of Boy Scout Troop 68 and the Berkeley Heights and New Providence Communities. The toy drive, which is scout led, collected approximately 1,100 toys.
Life Scout and Gov. Livingston sophomore Kyle Englemann, who headed up the planning and organization, said, “We are grateful for the generosity of the two communities. It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it, seeing all those toys going to needy kids”
This year, the scouts expanded their coverage. Former Senior Patrol Leader Tim Koubek focused on collecting at Our Lady of Peace in New Providence. Life Scout Nick Kwan brought Faith Lutheran into the fold. Tiffany Escott and the Berkeley Heights YMCA helped collect and played a significant role. Scouts James Lenahan, MJ Higgins and Dylan Capparelli worked with the Berkeley Heights Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The Gov. Livingston Student Ambassadors, under the guidance of Ms. Moran, supported the cause in a big way, as usual. Troop 68’s younger scouts helped organize a movie night at Gov. Livingston, where everyone had a great time watching "Santa Clause," eating pizza and collecting toys.
One of the best stories was of young Ryan Parker of Berkeley Heights, who raised $100 and bought toys for the toy drive. Tim Koubek said, “This fourth grader is already living the scout oath.”
“When we started this seven years ago, we got 60 toys from our troop," said Alton Grossman, the drive's originator. "It is awesome to see how everyone has chipped in and helped us grow this. We have great scouts coming up and the toy drive will keep getting better."