Charity for Children

Spring Lake Toys Foundation provides new toys to children suffering from diseases and offers financial assistance to families struggling to cope with their child’s medical expenses.



Spring Lake Toys Foundation founder Paulette Pera Laurenzi (center) and famed author Mary Higgins Clark (right) pose with honorees.

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Some of the 200 guests at the gala.

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BERGEN Editor in Chief Rita Guarna (standing, second from right) and art assistant Yvonne Marki (standing, far right) with a group at the event.

Whether or not contributing to charity is on your holiday to-do list, there are dozens of local and worthwhile organizations that deserve your attention. Among those is the recently launched Spring Lake Toys Foundation (SLTF), a Mahwah-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting children with serious illnesses and their families.

The group, founded by Paulette Pera Laurenzi of Mahwah, has adopted a mission to make the lives of their clients a tad easier by providing new toys to children suffering from diseases ranging from juvenile diabetes to childhood cancer. SLTF also offers financial assistance to families struggling to cope with their child’s medical expenses.

“Generous gifts of toys, games, crafts and plush items lift the spirits of children who suffer from life-limiting and life-threatening diseases,” Laurenzi says.

SLTF recently held its kickoff fundraiser at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. The event, attended by guest and bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, featured a silent auction, raffle, tricky tray and other activities.

For more details and donation information, visit springlaketoysfoundation.org.

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