South Orange-Maplewood Parenting Center Toy Drive Needs Donations!


This is the time of year when our two cities come together to donate their time and energy to raise funds and collect donations for the SOMSD Parenting Center’s annual toy drive.

For those of you who are new to our school district, the toy drive benefits the lives of children in our community whose families live below the poverty line and are eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. All of our schools, churches, synagogues, the Chamber of Commerce, police and fire departments and individual donors show their generosity by donating money, toys, gloves, books, jewelry and gifts for children and adolescents from infancy to 17 years old. (See a list of necessary items below.)

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Last year, we were able to donate to 150 families and nearly 500 children. Parents and student volunteers organize this toy drive, fundraise, make collection boxes to put in schools and businesses, and organize gift bags to deliver to the parents of these underserved and deserving children in our schools. It is a major community effort that brings many of us together and brings joy to many children in our community.

Thanks to our CHS student volunteers, Georgia Longstreet, Ally Krause, Ava Krasner, Samantha Walden, Kambiz Roghanchi, there is donation boxes To:

  • Maplewood Fire Department, 105 Dunnell Road, Maplewood
  • Gleasons Cleaners, 7 W Parker Ave, Maplewood
  • Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct Realty, 181 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
  • Shenanigans Toys, 178 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
  • No. 165, 165 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
  • Sparkhouse Toys, 9 Village Plaza, South Orange
  • South Mountain Yoga, 18 South Orange Avenue, South Orange
  • UPS store, 4 South Orange Avenue

There will also be cardboard boxes in various preschools, all elementary and secondary schools and, of course, Columbia High School. We accept new and unpackaged items. Gift wrapping is also a necessary item!

If you want send a tax deductible donation, you can send checks made out to SOMSD Parenting Center Toy Drive and mail your check to The Parenting Center, SOMSD BOE, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040. We will buy a suitable gift for a needy child from our two cities and give it to their families for the holidays.

The deadline for gifts and checks is December 14.

Your support will allow our community to bring joy to these children and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the SOMSD Parental Center at 973-762-5600, ext. 1850.

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