NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley residents who missed Sunday's inaugural Buccos Rising Stars brunch have been showing up at founder Carmen Bucco's shop on Franklin Ave to drop off toys for children in foster care.
Nutley Police Officers PJ Sandomenico and Allan Ballester recently dropped off toys collected by members of PBS Local 33 in Nutley to Bucco Couture. The items included Disney princesses, puzzles, games, trucks, and stuffed animals. Michael Chieffo, who along with his wife Michelle host a toy drive and block party at their home in Nutley popped into the shop on Wednesday to drop off more toys. The Chieffo toy drive collects toys for kids who are in hospital during the holiday season.
The idea of doing something for kids in foster care has been something Bucco was thinking about for years. In recent months, a board of trustees was established and "Buccos Rising Stars" became a reality. Sunday's brunch was the formal launch of the organization. Attendees included Buccos foster brother and sister, local elected leaders, Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton of WKTU, and supporters from the business community.
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