(Jersey City, NJ) – First Responders Children’s Foundation, (the national non-profit organization that provides financial relief to the families of first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty), in partnership with the first responder agencies across the state of New Jersey today announced the that its Toy Express events are coming to Jersey City, Teaneck, Rockaway, Bergenfield, Paramus, Stratford, Berlin, Hackensack, Bogota, Barnegat, Manville, Maywood and Ridgefield - and will provide children with free toys that bring holiday cheer. The program has a profound impact on both first responders and the communities in which they serve.
A record number of police officers and firefighters have died in the line of duty this year. That means more children are being left without a first responder parent this Christmas. FRCF is identifying those families and making sure those children and families get free toys and some holiday cheer.
Due to this rise in line of duty deaths (or LODD’s) in 2021, FRCF has expanded its focus on families of first responders who have died in the line of duty and communities that have faced significant hardship. And despite being launched amidst a flurry of supply chain issues, this year’s Toy Express is moving full steam ahead as the Foundation and its valued partners SB Projects, CSX, SERVPRO, Mattel, Hess Toy Trucks, Good360, and Toys for Tots to ensure free toys get delivered to children across Warwick during a most challenging holiday delivery season. https://1strcf.org/toy-express/
- December 11 – Berlin, NJ – Berlin EMS, “Toy Drive”
- December 11 – Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack PBA Local 9
- December 15 – Paramus, NJ – Paramus Police Department, “Toy Drive”
- December 18 – Jersey City, NJ – Jersey City Fire Department, “Jersey City Fire Department Toy Drive”
- December 18 – Bergenfield, NJ – Bergenfield Police Department
- December 18 – Barnegat, NJ – Barnegat Township Police Department, “Breakfast with Santa”
- December 20 – Maywood, NJ – Maywood Girl Scout Troop #95485, “Maywood Girl Scouts Miracle Christmas Express”
- December 23 – Bogota, NJ – Bogota Police Department, “Christmas in Bogota”
- December 24 – Stratford, NJ – Stratford Fire Department, “Operation Santa”
“First Responders and their families have endured significant hardships this year, and the social and emotional impact it’s had on them is immeasurable,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “Keeping that top of mind has strengthened our commitment to delivering toys and joy this Christmas. Any individual or business can join us in that commitment by texting TOY to 24365.”
The need this year is significant. Any business or individual can hop on the virtual Toy Express and buy a toy for families that have lost a first responder this year - https://give.1strcf.org/campaign/toy-express/c302851 - donations can also be made by texting TOY to 24365.
First Responders Children’s Foundation established Toy Express with generous toy donations of toys from Mattel and American Girl such as 18” American Girl dolls and Mattel Hot Wheels® and Matchbox® cars and. Additional sponsors include SB Projects, CSX, SERVPRO, Wilbert Funeral Services, Hess Toy Trucks,I Run 4 Movement, Melissa & Doug, LLC, Toys for Tots, Good360, SoundOff Signal, JP Morgan Chase, The Toy Foundation, Jazwares, and Creata. In addition, generous individuals across the nation are helping bring holiday cheer to first responder families by making donations of toys and money.
About First Responders Children's Foundation
For 20 years, First Responders Children's Foundation has been providing college scholarships to the children of first responder parents who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports educational activities and programs created by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children's Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE, and hotel accommodations to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Foundation also pays for funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children's Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram @1stRCF