ELIZABETH, NJ – The Children’s Ward of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Outreach Center, and the Union County Child Advocacy Center, among others, are the recipients of the Ryan’s Toy Roundup, in progress from Dec. 1 to 20.

The toy drive was begun by the family of Ryan Patrick Faella, who passed away at the age of 13. “Ryan was a spirited young man who loved sports and life,” remembered his cousin Erin Sisk, who is one of the toy drive’s organizers. “He always had a hand to help and a smile to offer.”

Toys, which should be new and unwrapped, are being collected at designated drop sites in Mountainside, Livingston, and Elizabeth. Potential donors can find a list of those spots by emailing emsisk@gmail.com or search Ryan’s Toy Roundup on Facebook. Donors should indicate the toy is for Ryan’s Toy Roundup, then let the organizers know by posting on the Facebook wall.

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This Friday, Dec. 9, Suspender’s Pub on Magie Avenue will be collecting donations and toys at its annual Christmas party.

“Each year, we feel so grateful for the generosity of others during the holiday season,” said Sisk. “It is through community contributions that we are able to continue to donate to organizations such as Trinitas Hospital’s Children Ward, St. Joseph’s Outreach Center in Elizabeth, the Union County Child Advocacy Center, and many other charities!”