Car enthusiasts of all ages are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or a $5 contribution to the Chatterbox Drive-In Restaurant and take a ride in a monster truck on Saturday, December 3 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  A rain date has been set for December 4.  All proceeds benefit the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive for Sussex and northern Warren County children.  The event is co-sponsored by Ideal Farms and New Jersey Monster Trucks.  Patrons can park at the Chatterbox Drive-In, which is located at 1 State Highway 15, at the intersection of Route 206.  After dropping off their toy or monetary contribution, visitors will be able to ride in one of the monster trucks through the unused fields at Ideal Farms, which is located directly across the street from the restaurant.  The vehicles will be provided by New Jersey Monster Trucks, a company which specializes in hosting monster truck events throughout the state. 

Hosting the annual event in support of local families is important to Don Hall, owner of the Chatterbox Restaurant and a partner in the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive.  “Our goal is to help local families.  I am very familiar with Project Self-Sufficiency.  It is a county–based organization and they do a superb job getting all of these toys locally distributed to the ones that need them the most.”

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 the Chatterbox Drive-In, Charm, iHeartMedia, Intercar Mercedes Benz, the New Jersey Herald, Pass it Along, the Printing Center, Selective Insurance Company of America, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Honda, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.  The group hopes to collect more than 20,000 items for distribution to low-income Sussex and northern Warren 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 local 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 3, 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 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Friday, 9 a.m.to  4 p.m.  For more information, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.