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Joseph Lacroce Foundation Holds Annual Toy Drive for Children  

(Voorhees, NJ…December 8, 2022) Children who require hospital care during the holiday season have reason to smile thanks to the Joseph Lacroce Foundation. The Cherry Hill-based not-for-profit organization held its 11th annual toy delivery recently. Organizers and volunteers received and sorted toys for children of all ages and interests at Virtua Voorhees Hospital.  

“Our supporters are always excited to participate in the toy run because it recalls the true spirit of the season,” said Sam Lacroce, who established the foundation in 2011 in memory of his son Joseph, who passed away from leukemia in 1975 at age 12. 

The hundreds of toys delivered today will be distributed to hospitalized children throughout Virtua Health in the weeks ahead. The five-hospital health system is the largest in South Jersey and has a partnership in pediatric care with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). 

The Joseph Lacroce Foundation has a long-standing relationship with Virtua Health. In 2016, the foundation helped launch Virtua’s Pediatric Mobile Services program with a $1 million pledge. The fully-equipped program on wheels offers a range of services, including dental and developmental screenings, blood lead level testing, lead poisoning education, flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines, back-to-school physicals, vision and hearing screenings, and referrals to specialized services. 


About Virtua Health:
Virtua Health is an academic health system committed to helping the people of South Jersey be well, get well, and stay well by providing the complete spectrum of advanced, accessible, and trusted health care services. Virtua’s 14,000 colleagues provide tertiary care, including renowned cardiology and transplant programs, complemented by a community-based care portfolio. In addition to five hospitals, two satellite emergency departments, 32 ambulatory surgery centers, and more than 350 other locations, Virtua brings health services directly into communities through Hospital at Home, physical therapy and rehabilitation, mobile screenings, and its paramedic program. Virtua has 2,850 affiliated doctors and other clinicians, and its specialties include orthopedics, advanced surgery, and maternity. Virtua is academically affiliated with Rowan University, leading research, innovation, and immersive education at the Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences of Rowan University. Virtua is also affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for pediatrics. As a not-for-profit, Virtua is committed to the well-being of the community and provides innovative outreach programs that address social challenges affecting health, most notably the “Eat Well” food access initiative, which includes the unparalleled Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store. A Magnet-recognized health system ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit To help Virtua make a difference, visit