First lady Tammy Murphy said the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, known as NJPRF, was established “to collect donations and distribute funds. One hundred percent of donations received online by NJPRF will be used to fight the medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable, supporting organizations that provide essential services and aiding those on the front line of the pandemic. NJPRF is proud to be hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which has been serving the needs of New Jersey nonprofits and philanthropists for more than 40 years.” NJPRF announced its first round of grants on April 9th to help stabilize the food distribution network that provides food security for more than 1,000,000 residents in vulnerable communities across the state.To donate, go to https://njprf.org/. There are also many other ongoing statewide volunteer and donation efforts.
SisterSales Team of Garden State Properties Group and Bryson's Pub are official donation sites for Toys For Tots. Owners Kathy Laufer and Rita O'Brien have been happy to support this program over the years. You can drop off an unwrapped toy to the SisterSales office at 5 West Park Avenue in Merchantville and Bryson's at 3402 Cove Road or if you’re too busy, we’d be happy to pick-up from you. Let’s make a difference together. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. We’ll be open during the parade on Friday night for drop offs!