Phillipsburg, NJ— Operation Toy train collected toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation in Phillipsburg today. The collection area’s disadvantaged youngsters receive the items. Phillipsburg receives toys.
At 24 stops, the public can drop off presents, visit Santa Claus, see operational railroad equipment, and meet Marine Corps and Operation Toy Train members. Phillipsburg’s third year participating.
Five railroads and their employees provide time, equipment, and tracks to Operation Toy Train each year. Nonprofit and for-profit groups provide railroad equipment, cash, and volunteers.
Port Murray, Washington Stewartsville, and Phillipsburg were Dover and Delaware River Railroad stops. PU Tower welcomed us at lunchtime today. “The 2022 collection has already overtaken last year’s collection,” Dan Richter told train lovers by lunchtime.
Richter said the “Phillipsburg stop for Operation Toy Train contributed 48 toys” the first year. 136 gifts were donated last year”. Unofficially, 572 toys were donated today and loaded aboard the train for the USMC Reserve to sort and distribute from Phillipsburg.
The largest toy drive to date began with neighbors, government officials, and the PU station donating toys. After all collecting boxes are picked up, the total count will likely rise.
Today, many companies donated, and organizations like the Phillipsburg Downtown Association collected to help downtown businesses stuff their boxes.
Norwegian New Jersey, the Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce, Medimax Pharmacy, Platinum Star Services Cleaning, Saint Mary’s and St. Luke’s churches, and distant donors donated.
One man from East Windsor, Mercer County, drove to Phillipsburg to give two trucks to Operation Toy Train after missing the Trenton train.
He wanted to see our U.S. Marines, Santa and Mrs., and the train in action during the season of generosity. His “Christmas was complete.”
Phillipsburg is Grateful to Apshawa School and Eastern Auto Trading
Three vintage trucks with toys arrived unexpectedly. The West Milford Apshawa School student council collected toys.
Eastern Auto Trading from Roxbury, NJ donated the toys to Phillipsburg. Students told their representative they wished to give to Operation Toy Train and Toys for Tots this year.
Indeed. Three trucks carried gifts, bikes, automobiles, scooters, crafts, and large stuff for needy children. “It is so lovely to come to a place that actually values you,” they said. Mutual.
Our love for our new Apshawa pals will always bring out the Christmas spirit in us. Their three vehicles gave 150+ toys. Instead of collection boxes, trucks backed up and an assembly line loaded toys onto the train.
Richter thanked Phillipsburg Business Administrator Matthew Hall for organizing with town agencies and offering a town hall collecting point this year. You helped, Phillipsburg employees.
The town trolley even took passengers to the train arrival. Pat Kays played holiday classics again, and public works personnel set up and took down.
Mayor Todd M. Tersigni, Council President Harry Wyant, Council Vice President Lee Clark, Councilman Randy Piazza, County Commissioner James P. Kern III, Phillipsburg Emergency Squad & Rescue, and Phillipsburg Police attended today. Ron and Jeanne Titus, who restored the PU Tower, attended.
If you missed the train today, drop off a new, unopened toy at one of these stores.
- Boutique again
- Dave Phillips Music & Sound
- P-Burg Automotive
- Helen’s Florist
- Cafe Main
- Krakus Deli
- Freebridge Wine & Spirits
Operation Toy Train’s get involved website has information about becoming a collection site for next year. To keep toy donations in our neighborhood, donateAToy.org delivers items directly to Marines at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey and Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York if you order online.