For Immediate Release: December 16, 2016

NEWARK, NJ — As part of Governor Chris Christie’s Season of Service volunteer effort, NJ TRANSIT’s Executive Director Steven H. Santoro helped collect toys for underprivileged children at one of the agency’s facilities.


Executive Director Santoro was on hand to receive some of the many toys NJ TRANSIT employees donated at the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny, NJ.  For several weeks, NJ TRANSIT employees collected the items for children as part of the annual “Toys for Kids’’ drive.


This year, 130 donated toys were collected at seven NJ TRANSIT facilities throughout the state.


During the last several years, NJ TRANSIT personnel have contributed hundreds of toys which are then distributed to four community-based charitable organizations throughout the state, including Tri-City People’s Corporation, Isaiah House, The Urban League of Essex County and The Salvation Army of Camden. The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Campaign also kept a collection box at a NJ TRANSIT facility.


The Season of Service is a statewide initiative where key members of Governor Christie’s leadership team devote part of a day to serving the community.


“The Governor asks his team members to take time to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our fellow New Jersey residents,’’ said Executive Director Santoro. “This effort gives me and our valued employees a chance to step out of the office and help ensure that a child receives some joy this holiday season. Making them smile is a worthwhile endeavor, and I am very happy to be a part of this worthy cause.’’


In previous years, NJ TRANSIT’s Executive Directors have volunteered at a Boys & Girls Club in Newark and Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown. 



NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 938,500 weekday trips on 254 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.