This holiday season CUMAC is partnering with the Toy Foundation (TTF) to provide toys to hundreds of kids in need in Passaic County. The toy giveaway will be a part of CUMAC’s inaugural Holly Jolly Holiday Party, a community event taking place on December 14 and 15 at the organization's facility in Paterson, New Jersey.
Several of CUMAC's community partners will gather to take part in the celebration, which is by invitation only. The agencies will bring the children they serve, ranging in age from 3 to 14, for a day full of fun and excitement. The Toy Foundation will be providing more than 1,000 toys for this event, including board games, plush, puzzles, ride-ons and much more.
“The Toy Foundation is pleased to be partnering with CUMAC to change the lives of children and families facing adversity” says Jean Butler, the Toy Foundation’s Executive Director. “We make it our mission to help brighten Christmas for as many at-risk youth as possible, through the joy of play. Our heartfelt thanks goes to the toy community for helping to make this holiday toy giveaway such a success.”
Along with choosing a favorite toy, youth in attendance will enjoy festive snacks and activities, including photos with Santa, arts & crafts, a winter clothing giveaway, and some fun surprises.
“More than providing toys, it's important to provide children with rich experiences that they're able to remember for years to come” says Mark Dinglasan, CUMAC Executive Director.
“Thanks to the Toy Foundation and all of our wonderful corporate and community partners, CUMAC will be able to transform its facility into a holiday play land where children and families will be able to eat, play and laugh and we hope it enriches their holiday season. We're so grateful to the Toy Foundation and all of our friends.”
To learn more about the event or how you can get involved please call 973-742-5518 or e-mail our team.
About the Toy Foundation
The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501(c)3 children’s charity whose mission is to provide joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play. TTF serves children who are coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, suffering from abuse or neglect, experiencing separation from a deployed military parent, or dealing with devastating natural disasters. To date, TTF’s signature program, The Toy Bank, has provided more than $200 million in toys to 25 million children in need around the globe, thanks to its generous toy donors.
CUMAC provides a range of services for community members struggling with hunger and poverty. CUMAC’s programs include a food pantry that serves over 2,500 people monthly; a food depot that handles over 1.4 million pounds of food and other resources for a network of over 30 agencies; a disaster relief program; a thrift shop that provides high quality, low cost items to the community; the Pathways to Work program that offers job training to those seeking gainful employment; Place of Promise which provides a permanent supportive housing program for the chronically homeless; seasonal projects that gives school supplies and other items to thousands of children in need; and the Community Food Coalition, a collection of pantries working together to stop hunger in New Jersey.