Barbara Blumberg of Teaneck runs her own toy charity. It was mostly self-funded for the first couple of years, but this year, she received cash donations from business associates, family, and friends. The 2022 collection is the largest yet; it’s double the size of last year’s. She continues to give $1,200 of her own money to buy toys; this year the total spent was $3,000, which equates to more than $30,000 in retail value. That’s because she shops at season’s end for toys marked down as much as 90 percent off and saves them for the next drive.
So far this year, she has brought toys to the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive and to the Order of the Franciscan Nuns in Fairview. On Thanksgiving, she brough toys to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Teaneck – The Janice Preschel Project. More donations will go to the Toys for Tots program and other organizations throughout the year.
Ms. Blumberg is a paralegal at Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf in Saddle Brook. She has volunteered for Jewish Federation of Northern NJ and Chabad of Teaneck.