JCC’s Jon Simon Raise over $12,500 in Toy Collection to Date through Boxx for Tots Toy Drive
Margate, NJ (December 20, 2016) – Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots holiday toy drive at The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate has raised over $12,500 in monetary and toy donations and successfully completed one Boxx for Tots boxing class. These classes and the toy collection will continue from now until December 23, 2016.
According to Katz JCC Personal Trainer Jon Simon, this year the event collected more than 6,000 toys for area children and are distributed to charities including Jewish Family Service, The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) of Atlantic County, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City, and directly to local families in need.
The Eternal Refuge of Absecon is a recipient of some of the toys donated through Boxx for Tots. “We are a community in need and have had a difficult time finding help around this time of year before our relationship with Boxx for Tots,” said Jairo Zapata, Pastor of The Eternal Refuge. “This program has given children in our community so much joy.”
This year, a prior benefiting charity, Hope For Atlantic City, was able to give back to Boxx for Tots. “After receiving toys for the families in our community in 2014 and 2015, we were excited to be able to contribute to other families in need this year,” said Hope for Atlantic City representative, Jamie Cohen. “This year we had donations come in to our organization so we were able to support Boxx for Tots by bringing in toys and taking part in a boxing class.” Hope for Atlantic City, a non-profit organization based in Atlantic City, was a toy recipient the last two years.
Toy donations can be brought to the Katz JCC Front Desk.
Additionally, participants of Simon’s boxing class may bring in a new unwrapped toy and the class fee will be waived for the remaining Boxx for Tots classes on December 22 at 6:45pm and December 23 at 10:45am.
Children ages 4-10 can also participate by bringing in a toy during the Tots for Tots boxing class on Wednesday, December 21 at 4 pm. Held in the JCC auditorium, music and special guest appearances will be featured during the holiday boxing classes.
For more information about the Milton & Betty Katz JCC visit www.jccatlantic.org or call 609-822-1167.