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NEWARK, NJ, November 20, 2001 -- NJ TRANSIT's 380,000 daily commuters can help make this holiday season a bit brighter for hundreds of disadvantaged children by participating in the Corporation's 18th Annual Toys-for-Tots campaign.

NJ TRANSIT will collect new or good condition toys from Tuesday, November 27 through Friday, November 30 at various bus and rail terminals throughout the state. NJ TRANSIT representatives will be on hand to collect the toys from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the four-day period. Toys must be unwrapped to be accepted.

"I urge all of our faithful customers and employees to help us bring a smile to the faces of children who might not otherwise be able to experience the joy and excitement of the holiday season," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein. "I cannot think of a better way to bring happiness to these children during the holidays."

"As a father, I witness the excitement on my children's faces when they receive gifts--all children should experience this excitement especially around the holidays," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "We are requesting that commuters and employees donate unwrapped new or nearly new toys to one of the collection sites, the toys will be distributed to a number of agencies in Essex, Hudson and Union counties in time for the holidays."

Toys will be collected at the following facilities:

  • Newark Penn Station ticket windows and customer service areas.
  • New York Penn Station ticket windows.
  • Hoboken Terminal customer service booth and PATH entrance.
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, near NJ TRANSIT's ticket windows.
  • Atlantic City Bus Terminal ticket windows.
  • Atlantic City Rail Terminal ticket windows.
  • Walter Rand Transportation Center ticket windows, Camden.

The charities that will benefit from the donations are:

  • The North Ward Center, Inc.
  • Sisters of St. John the Baptist
  • UMDNJ--Child & Adolescent Services
  • Newark Day Center
  • Friendly Fuld Neighborhood Center, Inc.
  • Goodwill Home & Missions, Inc.
  • Lighthouse Community Service
  • Tri-City People's Corporation
  • Women Rising--formerly YWCA
  • St. Paul AME Church
  • Dover Jaycees/Jr. Chamber of Commerce
  • All-for-One, Inc.
  • The Bridge Inc./Irvington School

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 380,000 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.