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Toy Drives at Kelsey Theatre Provide Holiday Bounty for Area Children

12/18/17


A bounty for area children was collected at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre this holiday season! From left are Kelsey staffer Amy Bessellieu. the Marines' point person for the pick-up, and long-time community volunteer and actor Jim Petro, of the Rooftop Theatre Collaborative, which sold toys in the lobby over four weeks.

West Windsor, N.J. – Staff members and community volunteers at Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre have made the holiday season brighter for area youngsters.

Staff member Amy Bessellieu. who helped to coordinate the annual Marines' Toys for Tots campaign, along with an additional local toy and clothing drive, reports that community generosity added up to a big success for local kids

According to Bessellieu, the first pick-up date was for the Toys for Tots campaign on Dec. 8. "The Marines came by and pick up more than 1,000 toys donated by patrons of the theater and college staff members," she said. Five large boxes were filled to the brim with a virtual toy store of goodies for children.

Then, in conjunction with the Kelsey Players' annual performance of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" musical Dec. 8 to 10, the theater continued its collection, taking in approximately 225 additional toys, as well as some winter accessories for local charities including HomeFront and Princeton Alliance Church. 

"We are overwhelmed and so very grateful that members of the community rallied to this cause. Many of the events at Kelsey Theatre are oriented towards families and to children. We at the theater feel like a family. This is an example that generosity and holiday spirit are alive and well at Kelsey," Bessellieu said.

The Kelsey staff was assisted by Jim Petro and Jaci D’Ulisse from Rooftop Theatre Collaborative, (RTC), a non-profit performing arts company based in central New Jersey. To aid in the collection effort, RTC sold toys in the Kelsey Theatre lobby during the three weekends of performances of "White Christmas," as well as during "Twas" and the college's Winter Concerts. For every $10 toy sold, RTC donated a $5 toy to the collection.

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