Holiday toys for children and families displaced by superstorm Sandy are on their way to Red Bank.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno helped last week to unpack a cargo plane at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst that contained toys that were then loaded on trucks for Toys for Tots centers in Red Bank and Dover.
“For New Jersey families displaced from their homes due to damage or destruction by Hurricane Sandy, the expense of holiday presents may simply be out of reach,” Guadagno said.
“Despite the devastation it brought to our state and citizens, Hurricane Sandy shouldn’t deprive any child from the magic and joy this season brings. While it may seem the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is only delivering toys, it is really delivering warmth, smiles and love for countless children throughout New Jersey. I know I speak for every New Jerseyan by thanking the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation and the Blue Angels for their thoughtfulness and generosity.”
The toys were flown to New Jersey by the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, which delivered the toys in the 45,000-pound payload of their C130 “Fat Albert” cargo plane. The toy donation was arranged by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which provides toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
“For 65 years, Marines have delivered hope to children through the gift of a new toy during the holidays,” said Lt. Gen. Pete Osman, president and CEO of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “The widespread destruction from Hurricane Sandy has left entire communities in need. We want to help the children of New Jersey begin to heal and regain a sense of normalcy, which includes receiving a gift during the holidays. We want them to know that they will not be forgotten this year.”
Earlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie formed the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Those interested in learning more can visit www.sandynjrelieffund.org.