Hoboken PBA, PSOA still teaming up for annual toy drive despite challenges of COVID-19

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The Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association are again teaming up with the Police Superior Officers Association for their annual toy drive, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As we fight through the second deadly wave of COVID-19, rest assured that we and our members will continue to work hard and do our very best to ensure the well being of Hoboken and its citizens,” Det. Sgt. Jonathan Mecka said in a statement.

” … With this spirit of community in mind as the holiday season begins, we continue to seek opportunities to give back and support the people of our city. Last week, we took part in a ‘squat’ fundraiser spearheaded by FLAG to benefit the Hoboken food bank, which generated well over $15K.”

Mecka, who also noted that the PBA, PSOA, and FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) raised over $50,000 for local small businesses earlier this year, noted that they are particularly focused on making this toy drive a success due to the recent passing of Sgt. Peter Zanin.

In prior years, Zanin had been one of the key organizers for the toy drive.

“At this time, the Hoboken PSOA and PBA kindly request that our members, local businesses, and residents review the attached flyer for this year’s Toy Drive, and consider making a donation so that we can continue bringing smiles to the children of our community,” Mecka concluded.

Anyone looking to get involved with the effort can click here.