The Mahwah Policemen’s Benevolent Association, Local 143, has officially kicked off its season of giving. The PBA made a $500 donation to the Mahwah Marine Moms at the group’s Mahwah Bar & Grill fundraiser held earlier this month, and is asking the community to help its next mission – an annual multi-department toy drive.
Over 25 Bergen County PBAs will be collecting toys to donate to Military Families, Sanzari's Children's Hospital, Tomorrow's Children, Hackensack University Pediatric Center, Victims of Hurricane Sandy, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Stores and restaurants throughout Mahwah and the Mahwah Police Station have donation boxes set up where residents can drop off new, unopened toys. For Sandy victims, the PBA is also accepting non-perishable foods, water, diapers and new clothing.
Look for drop-off boxes at the following locations in Mahwah:
- Mahwah Police Headquarters
- Mahwah Bar & Grill
- A & P
- Bradley Center @ Ramapo College
- Mahwah Township Hall
- The Mason Jar
- Play & Trade
- Sonny & Tony’s
- New York Sports Club
- The Training Station
- UPS Store (A&P Shopping Center)
- Stateline Diner
- Mahwah Jewelers
- Kingsbridge Diner
- 7-11, Franklin Turnpike
- Bagel Express
- Dunkin’ Donuts (Both Mahwah Locations)
- Participating Mahwah Schools (For parents, teachers and students)
“Because of the current economic conditions, more people and children are in need this year than before,” Mahwah PBA President Gerry Falotico said in a note urging locals to donate. “Please consider donating a new unwrapped toy to assist our drive.”
Businesses and police stations in Alpine, Closter, Bergenfield, Englewood, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Englewood Cliffs, Garfield, Harrington Park, Haworth, Oradell, Tenafly, Franklin Lakes, Paramus, Park Ridge, Maywood, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Washington Twsp., Woodcliff Lake, and Westwood will also be collecting donations for the drive.
Any businesses who would like to put up collection boxes, or any residents with donation questions can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last day to donate toys will be next Tuesday, Dec. 18.