Helping Children in Need
Create your own toy drive and have your children help. Do some research and choose a charitable organization that accepts your type of donations as well as one that "moves" you.
NJ Operation Toy Train - on Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8 and Saturday, Dec. 14, a special train to collect toy donations from the public for Toys for Tots; specifics on the train schedule and which train stops will collect toys
Annual Toy Drive - Beechwood Heights Fire Co#2 in Middlesex is hosting a drive for new, unwrapped toys for kids up to 16 years old; the drive will be every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm until Dec. 21 and every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm from Dec. 3 through Dec. 17
Community Food Bank of NJ - food drive events; locations throughout NJ; also has other initiatives for helping kids
Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree - give back to children in need
Walmart's Fill the Truck Toy Drive - Shoppers visiting one of the 3,500 participating stores on November 29, December 7, and December 15 will have the opportunity to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the trucks or bins that will be distributed to parents to give to their children on Christmas morning.
Check our holiday listings page for other charity events
Kids Helping Kids
The Justin Charity Bear Fund - a NJ boy's goal this season is to give 1,000 bears to sick & needy kids in NJ
Hospital Donation Programs
Many children's programs at local hospitals gladly accept monetary and toy donations for patients and visiting children. For sanitary reasons, nearly all require new toy donations but please check the hospitals' program guidelines.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital - the child life program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick (Middlesex County) has a long wish list
Children's Hospital of New Jersey - at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark (Essex County); accepts new toys, games, some clothes and more. They even have an Amazon registry established through Child's Play Charity
Children's Specialized Hospital - They have an Amazon registry through Child's Play Charity
The Children's Hospital at St. Peter's University Hospital - located in New Brunswick (Middlesex County); make a playroom donation