carz 'n toyz
In 1975, Saverio Lacroce’s son, Saverio Joseph Lacroce, was diagnosed with leukemia and taken to a children’s hospital for treatment. The day the family arrived for admission, someone stole the boy’s overnight bag from the car. The bag was filled with toys and personal items that were meant to make him feel comfortable and surrounded by things special to him while undergoing care.
In 2011, Saverio Lacroce, an avid car enthusiast, helped found Carz n’ Toyz, with Bob Paglione, Ray Giannantonio and Dominic D’Auria. A nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing happiness to sick children, the organization raises money throughout the year at community events to benefit kids served by Virtua.
Carz n’ Toyz is best known for its annual winter toy run. In December 2012, the group delivered more than 1,800 toys to Virtua with the help of family and friends, and their sponsor Firstrust Bank. Carz n’ Toyz also made a $10,000 donation to Virtua Foundation used to purchase kid-friendly artwork for the Pediatric Pavilion at Virtua Memorial.
Today, all Carz n’ Toyz activities, are done in memory of Saverio Joseph Lacroce.
To learn more, visit the Carz n' Toyz website.