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Feb 08, 2018

Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. Brightens Holiday Season

Kristie Kane-Tapolow of Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc., started the foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive in 2009, which has since helped thousands of children in Monmouth County. The foundation partners with dozens of local organizations during the holidays, and throughout the year, in an effort to give back to local children and families in need. Kristie shared, “The number of people that responded to the request to help a child or family this holiday season was overwhelming. It is inspiring to know people are willing to help complete strangers”.

Besides individual donors, the foundation received assistance from several local businesses: Home Away from Home Academy, Infinite AV Solutions, The Wine Academy Superstores, East Keansburg Fire Company, Ideal Beach community association, RAINE Foundation, Blessings Bag Brigade, The Hinds/Pearly Group and the Hess Companies are a few of the many recent companies who have partnered with the Foundation for the 2017 Toy Drive.

Daniel Tapolow, owner Infinite AV Solutions said, “The reason I love to work with [Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.] is because 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to the cause.”

Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. is one of the few charities in Monmouth County that is strictly volunteer.  This year, the toy drive helped more than 300 local children in need as well as other family-based organizations in Monmouth County. In past toy drives, the school was recognized for its plentiful collection of items, totaling over 250 toys each year.

Carmine S. Visone, co-owner of Home Away From Home Academy in Aberdeen said, “The most important thing here is teaching the children that it is just as important to give as it is to receive.” Some of the items collected included stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts supplies, puzzles, sports items, Legos, Barbies, and more. New this year was Merchants City, Inc. who generously donated dozens of scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards, which certainly brightened the lives of many children.

The Toy Drive started late November and culminated on December when ‘elves’ from Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. picked up the donations. The effort put forth by the Home Away From Home Academy was greatly appreciated and they plan to continue assisting a charity during the holiday season every year. The school also partnered with ProForm Physical Therapy in Aberdeen for the third year in a row. Dr. Leonard Somarriba said, “When we were approached  to join  in this holiday giving effort, we immediately put out our toy box for collections; we were happy to help such a great cause”.

Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. began in 2002 with a group of young professionals, entrepreneurs, and parents in Monmouth County working together to raise funds with the end result of making a significant positive difference in the lives of children. On an annual basis, Hope for Children Foundation identifies charitable organizations and individuals that will benefit from there fundraising efforts. Past beneficiaries aside from local families have included K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Arc of Monmouth County, Oasis TLC, Prevention 1st, YMCA, The Valerie Center at Monmouth Medical Center and more.  For more information, visit

Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. is not to be confused with the Hope for Children Foundation of Dallas, Texas which holds the Trademark to that name.