Everyone is invited to Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills on Saturday, Dec. 8, to share in an annual tradition of giving for the holidays. Visitors that day are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation.
On Dec. 8, High Octane South Jersey will hold their Annual Santa Claus Rally at the hospital. The car club will stage their classic and exotic cars at Deborah from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will deliver their annual toy drive collection to the Hospital -- for Deborah’s pediatric patients -- as well as event partners Pemberton Township School District, Pinelands Family Success Center, and the Christian Caring Center to help brighten the holidays for children in need. The local Rotary Club and volunteers from OceanFirst Foundation are joining in to help with toy sorting and distribution. This year additional toys are being donated by Burlington County’s Toys for Tots Program. Last year nearly 500 pediatric patients at the Hospital and 300 families -- reaching nearly 800 children -- were served through the Santa Claus Rally.
At the event on Dec. 8, visitors – in addition to touring the exotic car collection – will be treated to caroling from members of the Pemberton Township High School choir, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy light refreshments, and will know that their donation is serving a good cause.
High Octane High Octane South Jersey (HOSJ) is a community of over 1,700 members who have joined together in their love of cars. This common interest has spilled over into a vibrant community network of friends who are also committed to giving back to the community, including their yearly holiday toy drive.
“Our community of Saturday morning cars and coffee make for the ingredients in a strong brew of lasting friendships and giving back to our neighbors in need,” said HOSJ founder Chris Scafario, “and that includes Deborah. We wish that all children could have a wonderful Christmas holiday. It’s gratifying to be able to touch so many children’s lives.”