Our Holiday Concert Toy Drive

A collection box will be in place at the entrance to our concert at St. Paul's.  Please consider bringing a contribution with you to the concert!


Every year since 1994, our AmeriCorps program coordinates weeks of soliciting, collecting, and organizing toy donations for Paterson children and families in need. Any Paterson family can register, and based on their children’s ages and genders, will receive a customized box with toys specifically picked out for them by AmeriCorps Members and volunteers.  In 2021, through the generosity of numerous organizations and individual donors, we distributed over 6,000 toys to 1,400+ children. This year, after 2 years of a “drive-through” event due to Covid, we will return to in-person party on December 24th where families receive their gift boxes and are treated to pictures with Santa, games, food, prizes, music, arts and crafts and more.

WEBSITE: www.njcdc.org

Toys requested are small to medium sized gifts for children from 2- 12 years old. More extravagant or expensive gifts are welcome, though they will be set aside to be assessed and distributed as fairly as possible. 


Some toy ideas: 

  • legos 

  • puzzles

  • paint/art sets

  • coloring books 

  • action figures 

  • dolls/barbies 

  • science kits 

  • board games 

Please wrap the present and attach a card or sticker with the gender and age of the toy on the wrapping paper. You may also use a gift bag if you prefer.