The annual Candy Cane Hunt & Vendor Fair coordinated by Macaroni Kid Sussex County to benefit the Season of Hope Toy Drive will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m.. – 1 p.m. at Giant Gymnastics in Sparta. Area residents are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the event, which features vendors, gymnastics, refreshments, face-painting, balloon artistry, hourly candy cane hunts and a visit with Santa. The Season of Hope Toy Drive benefits thousands of children in Sussex and Northern Morris and Warren counties. The initiative is spearheaded by Project Self-Sufficiency in conjunction with a consortium of local businesses, schools, social service agencies and civic organizations.
“This fun family event perfectly dovetails with the goal of the Season of Hope Toy Drive to bring joy to children in need during this holiday season,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “We are grateful to all of the businesses which are supporting this venture. Thousands of families will be helped by this effort.”
The toy drive is a joint effort coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its partners First Hope Bank, Gravity DesignWorks, iHeartMedia, Inc., Intercar Mercedes Benz, Off Shore Marine, Pass it Along, The Printing Center, The New Jersey Herald, Selective Insurance Company of America, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Shop Rite, Stocker Bus Company, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Sussex County Community College, Sussex Honda, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
New, unwrapped toys and monetary donations will also be gratefully received at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday – Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations are requested by Dec. 16 at Project Self-Sufficiency in order to allow ample time for the items to be distributed to needy families.
To make a donation online, or for more information, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500.