Residents thanked for donating toys

Officials and volunteers pose with Toys for Tots bins at Town Hall. (Photo courtesy of Toms River)

TOMS RIVER – Residents and staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty by donating toys for less fortunate children this season.

Normally there are three or four bins of toys collected at town hall, Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill said. This year, that number has increased to 12. This represents almost 1,000 gifts.

“The residents and employees of Toms River have opened their hearts this year to ensure that less fortunate children and families experience the joy of Christmas,” said Hill. “With the pandemic and the economic hardships caused by supply chain issues, the need is great. I am inspired by the generosity of our community.

The toys are collected by officers of the US Marine Reserve and distributed to families in the area in need.

Toys for Tots has been collecting gifts in the Town Hall lobby every holiday season since 2011, when they were invited to the township by then City Councilor Hill.

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Chris Lundy is editor-in-chief of Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and articles in various publications since 2003. Lundy has worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He has also written for Community Connection, Patch, and ShoreBeat.

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