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On December 7, 2013, with a large group of volunteers on hand, Carz ‘N Toyz delivered more than 1,000 special items for children to Virtua Voorhees. The toys, books, and even coats for kids in need, will be distributed across Virtua hospitals and outpatient facilities that serve children. Virtua depends on these items to provide comfort to hospitalized kids or those experiencing the illness of a loved one. This often aids in the healing process and brings extra joy to kids when they need it most.
Carz n’ Toyz also made a $10,000 donation to Virtua Foundation in support of the Virtua Sports Medicine and the Concussion Management Program. The funds will support concussion baseline ImPACT testing for local youth athletic programs. Baseline testing helps clinicians evaluate an athlete’s recovery following a concussion.
The History of Carz ‘N Toyz
In 1971, 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.
Now in its’ third year, Carz n’ Toyz dedicated to making the hospital a little less scary for kids. They have donated thousands of toys and games, hundreds of books and many infant car seats to benefit families served by Virtua. They also made a gift in 2012 that was used to purchase evidence-based 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.