PISCATAWAY, NJ - During the month of March, the Rivercrest Blue Wave Swim Team and the Piscataway Chiefs Swim Team will be collecting toys for The Marisa Tufaro Foundation. 

Marisa was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. The complex cardiac defect required six open-heart surgeries. After her sixth surgery, Marisa developed two life-threatening conditions known as protein-losing enteropathy and plastic bronchitis. Ultimately, she required a heart transplant. The transplant was supposed to extend Marisa’s life, but tragically cut it short when a postoperative complication developed into a rare form of cancer known as post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder. After radiation and chemotherapy treatments failed to thwart the relentless onslaught of the aggressive disease, which riddled her brain and body, Marisa succumbed to her illness following a valiant battle on January 30, 2017. She was just 13 years old. Despite being hospitalized for more than two years and maintaining hundreds of doctor’s appointments, Marisa lived a vibrant life that inspired. The Marisa Tufaro Foundation commemorated what would have been Marisa’s 14th birthday on July 30, 2017 by unveiling its mission statement and strategic plan to help children in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area. Community service is an integral part of the foundation’s mission.

We are proud to support that mission. New toys can be dropped off at the high school in room F129, brought to the Winter Sports Awards in the PAC on March 10th, to the Rivercrest Pasta Dinner on April 3rd or contact phs.sports.booster.club@gmail.com


Following are some recommended donations for the Rivercrest Blue Wave and Piscataway High School swim teams’ toy drive:

  • Infant toys (toys that make noise, light up)
  • Infant mobiles, crib mirrors, crib music players
  • Rattles, pacifiers, teething rings
  • Toddler playsets, i.e. Little People
  • Dolls — Barbie, Monster High, princesses and baby dolls
  • Music CDs (teen, children, infants, relaxation, lullaby)
  • DVDs for children and teens (new releases, English and Spanish)
  • Play-Doh/Model Magic and tools
  • Arts and craft supplies, coloring books, crayons and markers
  • Lego, Mega Bloks, K’NEX playsets
  • Matchbox, Hot Wheels cars and playsets
  • Uno cards, playing cards and other card games
  • Books, including board books for babies, hardcover, paperback, crosswords, Sudoku
  • Action figures (non-violent)
  • Beauty and hygiene items for teens (lotion, nail polish, deodorant, travel size toiletries)
  • Pajamas — infant through teen
  • Beanie hats, slipper socks and other clothing items/accessories for teens
  • Ear buds and/or headphones for teens
  • Lined and unlined journals for kids and teens and gel or ballpoint pens
  • Puzzles (25 to 100 pieces)
  • Electronic learning toys, hand-held video games
  • Video games and wireless controllers for Xbox 360
  • Portable DVD players, CD players
  • Gift cards ($10 denomination only): Visa, American Express, Amazon