TRENTON, N.J. - Thanks to the generosity of scores of employees and friends of Mercer County and Construction and General Laborers Local 172, local needy children will have a very merry Christmas this year as County Executive Brian M. Hughes and Local 172 President Anthony Capaccio today presented more than a thousand toys, games, books and other gifts to Children’s Home Society of New Jersey.
The gifts overflowed from the conference room at Local 172’s headquarters, where “elves” from CHS and Local 172 were on hand to load up a caravan of SUVs, which then transported the bounty to CHS’s office in Trenton.
“This represents the amazing generosity of our community,” said a visibly moved Donna Pressma, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society, said as she thanked Mercer County and Local 172 for their toy drive efforts. “We have received toys for every age, from infancy to early adulthood, so we’ve got something for everybody.”
Pressma also said special thanks went to the Ewing-Lawrence Sewer Authority, which held its own independent toy drive to benefit Children's Home Society. CHS will deliver the presents to needy families.
Hughes said he was impressed by the generosity of the many individuals who anonymously dropped a gift or two in the toy drive boxes set up by Mercer County. “Once again, Mercer County employees and others in the community have done a fantastic job digging deep and donating to our collection. Even in difficult economic times such as these, hundreds of people have donated gifts to children who might not otherwise receive any,” Hughes said.
Local 172 President Capaccio agreed, saying, “Collecting was the easy part, and we’re happy to help in any way we can to make the holiday better.”