Giving Back

Night with Santa Toy Drive to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Coat Drive for Local Shelters


WEST ORANGE, NJ — In partnership with the We Care 4 All Foundation, the West Orange Council of PTA’s, and Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, West Orange Board of Education member Ron Charles and his family invite the public to the seventh annual “Night with Santa Toy Drive” on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event, to be held at 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange, will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital and local shelters.

Children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and receive a small gift when he arrives at 7 p.m. with a sleigh full of entertainment. The Marvel Superheroes will return once again along with West Orange’s own artist Megan Hackett, who is slated to perform along with the West Orange High School Cheerleaders and the West Orange PAL Cheerleaders.

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With other surprises scheduled for the event, Charles said this year’s Night with Santa is going to be the biggest to date.

“I am really excited for this year’s Night with Santa,” he said. “We have partnered with some outstanding community groups—all we ask is for everyone to bring an unwrapped toy for the children in the hospital.”

This year’s event will also include a coat drive for “Coming Together for Children,” benefitting local shelters.

“To come together for children at this time of the year and provide them with toys for a smile and coats to keep them warm is a wonderful thing,” said Amanda Delgado, chairwoman of Coming Together for Children. “I am glad we are part of this event again. It is an amazing night.”

The West Orange Council of PTA’s is made up of all PTA presidents from the West Orange School District, Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and is the Mother Pearl Chapter of New Jersey. It has served the greater Newark, Irvington, Hillside, Oranges and surrounding communities since 1934.

Beta Alpha Omega has a membership of more than 200 women with diverse interests, talents, and professions spanning inter-generational ages. Service and Sisterhood in their mantra as they fulfill the mission of their beloved Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated, “to provide service to all mankind.”

The venue, food, light refreshments, and entertainment are all complimentary thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors, including 4 Sixty 6 Caterers, Panache Entertainment Group, The We Care 4 All Foundation, and the Law Firm of Cleary, Giacobbe, Alfieri and Jacobs. 

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