Car enthusiasts of all ages are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or a $5 contribution to the Chatterbox Drive-In Restaurant and take a ride in a monster truck on Saturday, December 2nd, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  A rain date has been set for Sunday, December 3rd.  All proceeds benefit the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive for Sussex and northern Warren County children.  The event is co-sponsored by Ideal Farms and New Jersey Monster Trucks.  Patrons can park at the Chatterbox Drive-In, which is located at 1 State Highway 15, at the intersection of Route 206.  After dropping off their toy or monetary contribution, visitors will be able to ride in one of the monster trucks through the unused fields at Ideal Farms, which is located directly across the street from the restaurant.  The vehicles will be provided by New Jersey Monster Trucks, a company which specializes in hosting monster truck events throughout the state. 

 

Hosting the annual event in support of local families is important to Don Hall, owner of the Chatterbox Drive In and a partner in the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive.  “Our goal is to help local families.  I am very familiar with Project Self-Sufficiency.  It is a county–based organization and they do a superb job getting all of these toys locally distributed to the ones that need them the most.”

 

The toy drive is a joint effort which is driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its partners The Chatterbox Drive In, First Hope Bank, Gravity DesignWorks, iHeartMedia, Inc., Intercar Mercedes Benz, The New Jersey Herald, Off Shore Marine, Pass it Along, The Printing Center, Selective Insurance Company of America, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Stocker Bus Company, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Honda, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots to benefit local families in need.  The group aims to gather thousands of new and unwrapped items to distribute to families in need during mid-December.

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“We are extremely grateful to the owners of the Chatterbox Drive In, Ideal Farms and New Jersey Monster Trucks for the creative way they have come together year after year in support of the low-income families in our area,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Neighbors like these truly will make this a season of hope for local children.”

 

Those who wish to contribute to the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive, but who are unable to attend the Monster Truck event on December 1st, are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton.  Gift items will be gratefully received Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.