The North Bergen Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted their annual toy drive at Bar One Public House in Fairview yesterday, part of an effort to help hundreds of less fortunate children during the holiday season.
“Right now, what we’re doing today, is we have a toy drive going on and on the 22nd [of December] we are gonna have families and children in need come out to the recreation center,” said Aimee Focaraccio, the North Bergen Office of Emergency Management Coordinator.
“And we give each family a chicken and trimmings, along with toys for their children for the holidays.”
She also later stated that those who missed yesterday’s event could still get involved by dropping off toys at multiple township locations including Township Hall (4233 John F. Kennedy Blvd.), the library (8411 Bergenline Ave.) and the recreation center (6300 Meadowview Ave.).
“First of all, it’s gonna be very enjoyable: people are stopping by, getting together for the holidays, and they’re dropping off a toy – which is very helpful at this time of year for those children, especially those who are needy,” said North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, also the state Senator of District 32 – which includes Fairview.
“Sometimes, if we have leftovers, we give them to the local church to give out to people who are needy in their parishes.”
Last year, Focaraccio said that the event helped out about 150 families, or approximately 300 to 400 children, a number Sacco believes will be exceeded this time around.