Lisa Pachnos from Project Self Sufficiency gave us the best reason to give when she stopped by WSUS last week. "Having gifts to open on Christmas morning helps struggling and isolated families feel respected, cared for and part of our community. The Season of Hope Toy Drive is here to specifically collect toys for children in Sussex and Northern Warren County. Families do not have to be Project Self Sufficiency participants to use the toy shop. They do need to register to show proof of residency, child custody and financial need. Many families in our community struggle to provide gifts for their children during the holidays. Especially single parents, teen parents and grand parents raising their grand children.
Each year more than 2,000 children and teens receive gifts from the Season of Hope Toy Drive. You can donate new unwrapped gifts at Project Self Sufficiency's campus on Mill Street in Newton. There are also donation boxes at local businesses and community partners all over Sussex County. There's a list of some suggested gifts to donate if you scroll down from here.
All of the gifts donated are taken to the Season of Hope Toy Shop at Project Self Sufficiency. After all of the gifts have been collected. They put on display in the toy shop. Parents are then invited to come and "shop" for toys for their kids. None of the parents have to pay for any of the toys they shop for.
This toy drive is also for older kids who might appreciate something other than toys. Please remember them as well. Gift cards are a wonderful donation for teens.
If you don't have time to shop but want to help. Cash donations are always accepted at Project Self Sufficiency's website. The link is below.
Let's make this the best year ever for our local kids in need.