Giving Back

Woodland Park Boy Pays It Forward By Organizing Toy Drive

8-year-old Jayden Perez learns he is going to see the NY Giants Credits: Ana Rosado
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Jayden Perez, 8, of Woodland Park, readies for his toy drive for children in Puerto Rico with his mom Ana, dad Javier and a few costumed friends. Credits: Ana Rosado
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Jayden Perez, 8, in a screen shot of a video request to donate toys to help children in Puerto Rico. Credits: Ana Rosado
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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Eight-year-old Jayden Perez had a special holiday wish come true - a wish to give back. 

After Jayden had received tickets to a New York Giants game this fall that were gift from his mother's boss he decided he wanted to pay it forward. He organized a toy drive at his home on Jackson Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 3 to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria. 

Costumed Mickey Mouse and Minion characters greeted those dropping off donations along with Jayden and his parents Ana Rosado and Javier Perez.

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Ana said that Jayden wanted to donate his Christmas toys to kids in Puerto Rico, the country his family is from. He wants children to experience the same joy and happiness he felt when he heard about the Giants tickets. A video taken of his reaction had went viral on social media and was shown on several area news broadcasts.

The toy drive isn't the first time Jayden and his family helped the victims of Hurricane Maria. Back in October, the family collected food and supplies for those affected by the storm.

In a video posted by Rosado last week, Jayden talks about the collection and asked viewers, “From the bottom of your heart, please donate one toy."

The family will be collecting toys through Dec. 15. 

Those in making a donation can drop toys off at 90 Jackson Ave. or call 201-913-6543 to arrange for a pick up. Monetary donations are also being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-toys-for-kids-in-pr.

 

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