New Jersey Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver and Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin are calling on residents, businesses and organizations in the 34th legislative district to support their 2017 Holiday Toy and Book Drive, which last year handed out hundreds of toys and books to kids ages 3 to 15.
“We want to extend a helping hand to families who may face tough times during this coming holiday season,” said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). “Following on the success of previous years, we are hoping to reach even more boys and girls.”
“The holidays are a wonderful time, but for families that may be struggling, they can also be stressful,” said Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic). “This drive hopes to ease some of that burden and allow families to enjoy the holidays without worrying whether they will be able to afford gifts for their children.”
This is the eighth holiday toy and book drive organized by Oliver and Giblin. Last year’s drive collected over 300 items. Donations of new toys and new books will be accepted through Tuesday, December 12. All donations must be new, for children ages 3 to 15, and should be unwrapped.
Toys and books collected will be distributed to local organizations including the East Orange/Orange Community Development Corp., Montclair Child Development Corp/Head Start Program, The Boys and Girls Club of Clifton, Moving Orange Forward, St. Peters Haven and United Way of Northern New Jersey.
Donations may be dropped off at two locations: Assemblywoman Oliver’s district office, 15-33 Halsted Street, Suite 202, East Orange, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Cameron Jones or Geri Woods-Coles at 973-395-1166 or at Assemblyman Giblin’s district office, 855 Valley Road, Suite 104 in Clifton, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Lolita Cruz at 973-779-3125.