Jersey City kicks off holiday season with Christmas tree lighting and toy drive

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Mayor Steven Fulop joined city council members and residents to kick off the holiday season with their annual Christmas tree lighting and toy drive on Wednesday.

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By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony took place at the City Hall Annex, followed by their 24th annual Toy Drive, where free toys were distributed to needy Jersey City children.

Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson led the count down to the tree lighting since the annex is located in his district.

“We’ve got super partners in the city. I’ve been really, really trying to bring a lot back to this neighborhood,” Robinson said regarding the area’s redevelopment.

“We can’t become the best mid-sized city in the country without Ward F playing a part in that,” he added.

Eric Moore, President of Brandywine, which is developing the City Hall Annex, said he paid for the tree out of his love for the Christmas season. He personally lit the tree as festive music played.

“COVID isn’t going to stop the city from pulling together to help each other around the holiday season. It’s important to do it this year as any. We’re happy and thankful for all the residents that donated. It’s just a sign of the Jersey City community,” Fulop said.

Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, registrations for the city’s Toy Drive doubled.

To make sure every child receives a gift this holiday, the city is providing unwrapped toys donated by the community for children under 12 years old.