NUTLEY, NJ - The weather outside may be frightful, but the toy drive is so delightful, and since Nutley's the place to go, Its a Go, Its a Go, It's a Go!
A little rain is not going to dampen the spirits of the Nutley based elves who share the spirit of caring with children facing really tough challenges. The Chieffo Family toy drive and holiday block part is on for tonight starting at 5:30 p.m.
The block party itself is an outdoor event, with hot chocolate, cookies, a popcorn machine and all manner of holiday treats. Mike and Michelle Chieffo's home serves as home base for the party. Officers from the Nutley Police Department close off Gerard Rd. allowing the party to spill into the street. The neighbors also got into the celebration by having their Christmas lights and outdoor inflatable decorations on from dusk through the entire night
Mike Chieffo explained that the event really brings the community together. Last year, families, some known to the Cheiffos and others who recently heard about the event, arrived with new toys in hand. The event started in Belleville years ago, and came to Nutley about five years ago. Mike, who lost his father to leukemia when he was 12, hosts the event as a personal tribute to his dad. The beneficiaries of the party include Clara Maas Pediatrics, a Women's Shelter and NY Presbyterian Pediatric Cancer Center.
The fun starts at 5:30 p.m on Gerard Rd. in Nutley and continues until 8 p.m.
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