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South Plainfield Donates Hundreds of Gifts to Toys for Tots

South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh (center), with Borough Administrator Glenn Cullen and Council President Derryck White, with just come of the gifts donated to Toys for Tots this year. Credits: Victoria Caruso
bags and boxes of toys lined up in the mayor's office awaiting delivery to Edison-based Toys for Tots headquarters.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – For the fifth consecutive year, the community’s generosity during the holiday season spanned to borough hall where Mayor Matt Anesh’s office overflowed with donations in support of South Plainfield’s 5th annual Toys for Tots campaign.

“None of this would be possible without the outpouring of support from our community, its residents, organizations, and businesses,” said Mayor Anesh. “We are honored to assist the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and sponsor this annual fundraising initiative."

Donations of new and unwrapped toys began pouring in around mid-November and, on the morning of Dec. 15, a South Plainfield Department of Public Works trucked rolled out of borough hall filled to capacity and headed to the Marine Corps League collection site on Oak Tree Road in Edison. This year’s collection, which included more than 800 items packed in large boxes and South Plainfield leaf bags, included stuffed animals, Legos, infant toys, arts and crafts, Barbie dolls, and more.

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“We got a great deal of donations this year. This might be our must successful toy drive yet,” said the mayor’s secretary Anne Daley, adding that the fundraising initiative holds a special place in her heart because her husband, Tom, is a retired Marine.

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. According to representatives of Toys for Tots, South Plainfield’s donations will be distributed to needy families in Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties.

“It is a great cause, and I am happy South Plainfield was able to once again play a small part in making the 2017 campaign successful,” added Anesh. “South Plainfield always comes together to help others.”

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