VERONA, NJ - The situation looked desperate. At the eleventh hour, with only two days until the scheduled delivery, the VHS toy drive was 400 presents short. 

Luckily, Verona residents pulled through, and in the end, the drive collected over 800 toys: well over their 750 present goal. This was thanks to a social media blitz, a phone call to high school parents, and even a mass email sent out by school Superintendent Rui Dionisio.

“The toy drive was a rousing success as we were able to visit two schools on Thursday: Hawkins Street School and Salome Urena Elementary School,” said Jonathan Thai, one of the teacher organizers of the event. “We were able to distribute over 800 toys to the two schools because of the generosity of the Verona Community!”

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In fact, the organizers had such an excess of toys that they were able to give presents to three additional schools in the area, Peshine Avenue School, Camden Street School and Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School.

The organizers and students of VHS thank Verona residents for their help in making a child’s holiday special.