Bridgeton Mayor Teams Up with PAL for Toy Drive

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BRIDGETON, N.J. - Mayor Albert B. Kelly will be measuring the success of this holiday season on how well a local toy drive helps underprivileged children in the area.

As he’s done in years past, Kelly will be holding the “Mayor’s Holiday Breakfast” at the Marino Center on Washington Street on December 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. His one standing request, aside from bringing a healthy appetite, is that those attending bring at least one unwrapped child or youth gift for a young person between the ages of 2 and 17 years old.

Volunteers from the Bridgeton Area Police Athletic League, or PAL, will distribute the gifts and will ensure that they get to individuals and families that might not otherwise be able to give or receive one this holiday season.

“The season is about giving and it doesn’t get much better than seeing the delight on the face of a young person as they open a gift they’ve been given. For families in our area are in hard times, parents may not be able to afford much and working with and through partners like PAL, we want to help” said Kelly.

Since ages vary greatly among the recipients, Kelly is hoping that those attending will keep in mind that the gift drive also hopes to provide for tweens and teens as well - many of whom participate in the PAL activities.

“Often, when think of helping children, we think of the youngest children, but our teens and tweens have one foot in childhood even as they have the other foot in young adulthood. There will be time enough to be a grown with all those challenges; I still want to know they got to smile on Christmas morning,” Kelly said.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Irene Dellaquila in the Office of the Mayor at (856) 455-3230 or via email at dellaquilai@cityofbridgeton.com.