Dorson's Toys for Tots Bring Joy to Many During the Holidays

Toys for Tots 2018

When the holiday season rolls around, not only is there rent and bills to pay, but presents for loved ones becomes a priority as well. For those less fortunate, saving up money to buy gifts can be a tough ordeal. When times are rough, there’s a chance there could be nothing underneath the Christmas tree.

Since 2000, Dorson Community Foundation had the mission to put a smile on every child’s face come Christmas morning through their annual Toys for Tots Drive. Each year, Sonia Scott, Founder and Chair of Dorson, works tirelessly to collect monetary donations from corporations and businesses throughout the community and uses the contributions to purchase hundreds of toys, which are then wrapped, organized, and distributed to needy families.

Families from all over Essex county trek to the Foundation’s offices where they are greeted with a warm environment including Christmas tunes, refreshments, and friendly volunteers wrapping toys and distributing gifts to others. “Each year we see some of the same mothers and fathers coming to collect toys for their children,” says volunteer Lenelsia Wilson. “It’s nice to know that each year they come back to Dorson because they know they can rely on us to help them put a smile on their child’s face,” adds Lenelsia.

Toys for Tots 2017

In addition to distributing toys at the drive, Dorson Community Foundation also supplies winter coats and clothing, which proves to be a huge help for those children without a coat or warm clothes for these cold winter months. “Some kids walk in with thin spring jackets or multiple layers of long-sleeved shirts with no coat on top,” says volunteer Jessica Scott. But at the end of the day, many boys and girls from infants to teenagers walked away wearing stylish and functional winter coats and were prepared to battle the cold, winter air.

Dorson Community Foundation’s annual Toys for Tots Drive is just one of the many programs put on by the Foundation. “I’m truly motivated by my desire to give something back to the community,” says Sonia Scott. “The Toys for Tots Drive is a prime example of how Dorson Community Foundation serves for the betterment of our community.”

You can contribute to our Toys for Tots drive by offering a donation. Donate today!

About Dorson Community Foundation


Dorson Community Foundation provides supplementary college readiness and career development enrichment to students from inner-city North Jersey so they can realize their full potential with the goal of continuing on to higher education.

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