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New Providence Charities Collect 500 Toys and More Than $2,000 in Gift Cards for Families In-need at Tenth Annual Toy Drive

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The Don Jones Foundation, Jules Podell Foundation and New Providence Lions Club held the 10th Annual Toy Drive on Nov. 16. Santa Claus was assisted by volunteers. Credits: Submitted by the Don Jones Foundation
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The Don Jones Foundation, Jules Podell Foundation and New Providence Lions Club held the 10th Annual Toy Drive on Nov. 16. Santa Claus was assisted by volunteers. Credits: Submitted by the Don Jones Foundation
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The Don Jones Foundation, Jules Podell Foundation and New Providence Lions Club held the 10th Annual Toy Drive on Nov. 16. Santa Claus was assisted by volunteers. Credits: Submitted by the Don Jones Foundation
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The Don Jones Foundation, Jules Podell Foundation and New Providence Lions Club held the 10th Annual Toy Drive on Nov. 16. Santa Claus was assisted by volunteers. Credits: Submitted by the Don Jones Foundation
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - For 10 years, the Don Jones Foundation, Jules Podell Foundation, and New Providence Lions Club have held a Toy Drive for families in need in New Providence, Summit, and Berkeley Heights.

This year, more than 200 people came to the event, which was held on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the DeCorso Community Center in New Providence. Together they contributed 500 toys and more than $2,000 in gift cards. Toys will be distributed to the Santa Claus Shop in Summit, which supports families in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley, while the gift cards will be distributed to families in the borough by the Community Service Association (CSA) and to Veterans through the Bonds of Courage Organization.

“We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of this community.  We want to sincerely thank our friends and neighbors who have supported this effort for 10 years.  It makes a huge impact on the families served by these non-profits”, said one of the organizers, Laura Lattmann.

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Mayor Al Morgan, Councilman Gary Kapner, and members of the Lions Club Service Organization attended, greeted guests and thanked them for their support.  Students from Salt Brook, New Providence Middle School, New Providence High School and the Union County Magnet High School volunteered at the event. 

New Providence residents Allison Smith, Laura Lattmann, Kate Forbes, and Jama Vitale continued their efforts and once again organized the event.

The Don Jones Foundation’s mission is to create happy holiday experiences for deserving families.  The Jules Podell Foundation strives to improve the community by helping those who are suffering or in-need.  Lions Club International is the World’s largest Service Club Organization, which empowers its volunteers to serve their communities.  All three organizations are registered 501c3 non-profits.

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