SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – “Every year I donate to the “Toys for Tots” campaign” said Mayor Anesh’s Confidential Assistant Anne Daley. “I think it is a wonderful organization, and with my husband Tom being a former Marine, this has a special place in my heart.”
In addition to their normal Thanksgiving and Christmas campaigns, to help South Plainfield’s needy though Marge Ackerman and the Social Services Department, South Plainfield decided to participate in this year’s “Toys for Tots” program.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
“It is a great cause, and I am happy South Plainfield was able to play a small part in making the 2014 campaign successful,” said Mayor Anesh. “Public Celebrations member Debbie Leporino asked if we could put a Marine Corps Toys for Tots box in my office area. By the time December came around there were so many toys I couldn’t get in my office.”
"Being one of the most recognized charities in the world, the US Marine Corp’s Annual Toys for Tots drive unites all members of our community for a common cause and delivers hope to children who are less fortunate,” said Debbie Leporino.
The Borough needed to use one of their DPW trucks to deliver approximately 900 toys to the Toys for Tots drop off center at the Woodbridge Housing Authority earlier this month.
“When Debbie Leporino dropped off the box and signs I was thrilled, said Daley. “I was overwhelmed by the community’s response. We collected about 900 toys.”
Officials at the Central Jersey Toys for Tots programs said South Plainfield’s toys will be distributed to 1,500 needy families in Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.
TAP into South Plainfield played a small part, itself, in the Toys for Tots campaign. One of the largest donations came from a group of Muhlenburg Nursing School students who googled Toys for Tots in the Plainfield area. They came across a TAP article about the Borough collecting for Toys for Tots and they delivered hundreds of donated toys.”
“I look forward to getting involved again next year again, said Daley. Let’s just hope the Mayor gets a bigger office.