It was a wonderful Thursday night full of toys and those who care about giving back to kids.
The 2017 North Bergen Toy Drive was held at Bar One Public House in Fairview where business owners, township residents, volunteers, employees were able to donate directly — and get discounted drinks, discounted food and get to hang out.
“This is going to help a lot of kids have a very Merry Christmas,” says Aimee Focaraccio, emergency relief coordinator for the town of North Bergen.
Last year they gave out close to 1,000 toys.
They love doing what they do and wouldn’t have it any other way…
“We’re very blessed here in North Bergen,” Focaraccio says. “We have an amazing mayor who is so grateful and so helpful and gives so much back to the community.”
The kids get the toys at the end and that’s really what got Raquel Torres involved.
“Amy came and told us that she was helping, contributing to the community and helping children, so I was like, ‘absolutely,’ I would love to be a part of it,” the Guttenberg resident says.
Being able to do something like this always means so much.
It’s a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and religions…
“I’m actually Muslim-American so for me Christmas was never the norm,” says Hamza Abdelhadi, a longtime North Bergen resident and teacher at North Bergen High School. “But being American, assimilating — it’s pretty cool.”