Annual Used Toy Drive

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hobokenburbslogo-2-1tommys-movingEvery year, gently used toys are collected throughout the month of November and donated to the Paterson Community for its annual Toy Sale at the Paterson Boys and Girls Club.  This year our very own Tommy’s Moving company (right here in Hoboken!) has decided to help us transport all of the Used Toys to support the event by collecting toy donations at any location listed below.  We will also gladly pick up toys from your home if you can’t get to one of the listed locations. Just call us at 720-600-4882.

Tommy’s Moving loves to help bring joy to the children in our community.

If you enjoyed reading about the Toy Drive and want to help make a difference, please consider making a donation this year to the 32nd Annual Used Toy Drive in Paterson!  As always, we’re accepting donations of all toys in good condition, so please make a stop by any of the designated locations (listed below) if you are interested.

 

The history of the Paterson Toy Sale

In 1984 on a sunny fall day a small group of volunteers from Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River were volunteering at a Saturday clothing sale in Paterson at CUMAC, the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community, a food and clothing pantry. In a corner of the small church facility they found a box of donated stuffed animals and various other children’s toys. Across the street from the church was the Paterson Boys Club. Children …toys …. The Paterson Toy Sale was born!

Peter Thornton, the director of the Boys Club willingly donated the gym for that first December Saturday morning event. In the first years, the sale was only church sponsored with toys being donated by church members and their friends. But good news travels fast and ten years later, the communities of Saddle River, Upper Saddle River the Montvale School PTO, Bergen County Juniors, the Girl Scouts, and many other individuals from neighboring towns were donating toys and volunteering to help out on sale day. Rob and Cindy Myer of Ridgewood Moving Services came to the rescue one year when donations topped our station wagon and SUV abilities to transport toys.  Ridgewood Moving Services has been volunteering their trucks and employees for 20+ years.

2016 is the 32nd year of the Paterson Toy Sale, which always occurs on the first Friday and Saturday in December. It has grown from a three table, two hour event for children to a two day multi-thousand toy event requiring two moving vans for delivery. Friday night is “Kid Night”. Only kids are allowed to shop and if you volunteer that night, it is some of the most fun you’ll ever have! Saturday morning is open to the community. Children can shop for their entire family for $2.00. Parents spend $10.00 and walk away with toys for three children.

All proceeds are equally donated to CUMAC and the Boys and Girls Club (new name, same director). There are no expenses. All work is done by volunteers and every toy is donated by people who simply want to reach out during the holidays to make a difference in a child’s life.