Good Samaritans come through on donating enough toys for all of South Jersey's needy children

After news came out late last week that Camden Rescue Mission was 1,800 toys short of its annual Christmas Toy Drive goal, scores of people came out to donate toys.

"People became aware that there was a need," Rev. Al Stewart said Monday, adding that the majority of donors were new donors who had seen the news of the shortage in toys.

Camden Rescue Mission, a nonprofit charity that helps South Jersey residents in need, hosted its 23rd annual Christmas Party for needy children on Saturday. It was able to give toys to 5,300 children.

And there are still a few hundred toys left over, Stewart told me today.

Suburban and middle-income people are the new poor in South Jersey, Stewart said last week, while explaining the shortage of donations. Those who used to donate toys were now in line to receive toys.

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