NEWTON, NJ - Stillwater resident Kay Kleindienst recently donated over 100 hand knit hats to the Season of Hope Toy Drive.  Over 1,000 families will select gifts for over 2,000 children who hail from Sussex and Warren Counties at this year’s toy shop; the hats will be distributed to patrons of the shop. 

The Season of Hope Toy Drive is a joint effort coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its partners:

  • Charm,
  • The Chatterbox Drive In,
  • iHeartMedia, Inc.,
  • Intercar Mercedes Benz,
  • Pass it Along,
  • Selective Insurance Company of America,
  • Service Electric Broadband Cable,
  • the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce,
  • Sussex Honda,
  • The New Jersey Herald,
  • The Printing Center, and
  • the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots to benefit local families in need. 

“I singled out Project Self-Sufficiency in particular.  I like to support it in lots of ways, not just financially, and this was my way,” she notes simply.  A retired nurse, Kleindienst does not like to be idle, and she estimates that she created between one or two hats per day.  “TV is boring!”  She is filled with praise for the toy shop.  “It’s more than amazing.  It made my skin shiver!  It is one thing to give things to people, but it’s another thing to set it up so it isn’t demeaning.  I’m thrilled that I could be a part of it.  I’ll be even more pleased if I see one of my hats marching around Newton!”

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“We are extremely grateful to live and work in a community which truly cares for those who are less fortunate.  Generous donors and volunteers like Kay Kleindienst have demonstrated that commitment in countless ways this year,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “The Season of Hope Toy Shop offers so much more than toys to local families.  The knowledge that the community is dedicated to supporting these families gives them hope for a brighter new year.”

Donations of toys and gift cards can be dropped off at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 8p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.; monetary donations to the toy drive will be gratefully accepted at  For more information, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500, or visit