'Stuff the Boat' toy drive launches

Business. First Responders and local businesses joined forces to "Stuff the Boat' with toys for children in need.

05 Dec 2019 | 01:46

The annual “Stuff the Boat” toy drive, coordinated by the Branchville business, Off Shore Marine, benefits the Season of Hope Toy Drive.

Area residents are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to fill a 22’ long 2020 Nautique GS22 sport boat at the business, which is located at 352 Route 206 in Branchville.

Members of the fire departments in Branchville, Frankford, Pochuck Valley and Sussex, along with the Blue Ridge Rescue Squad, the Sussex Fire Department Emergency Medical Service, and the Ladies’ Auxiliaries from the Sussex Fire Department and Sussex County, the Wanderers Car Club, and the Sussex Kiwanis Club.

The initiative was spearheaded by Project Self-Sufficiency in conjunction with a consortium of local businesses, schools, social service agencies and civic organizations.

“I have been very blessed in my life and I have the opportunity to share these blessings,” Off Shore Marine Owner Sherri Cecchini said. “I believe in the opportunities Project Self-Sufficiency offers to the people it serves which allow them to create a better life for themselves and their families. The toy drive is just one part of that vision and that is where we try to help.”

The Season of Hope Toy Drive is a joint effort which is driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its partners First Hope Bank, Gravity DesignWorks, iHeartMedia, Inc., Intercar Mercedes Benz, The New Jersey Herald, Off Shore Marine, Pass it Along, The Printing Center, Selective Insurance Company of America, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Shop Rite, Stocker Bus Company, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Sussex County Community College, Sussex Honda, Sussex Macaroni Kid, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots to benefit local families in need.

Contributions of new, unwrapped toys for the Stuff the Boat campaign will be welcomed at Off Shore Marine, 352 Route 206 in Branchville through Monday, Dec. 16.

Gift items and monetary donations will also be gratefully received at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations are requested by Dec. 18 at Project Self-Sufficiency in order to allow ample time for the items to be distributed to needy families.

To make a donation online, or for more information, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500.