By Mike DeNardo

GLASSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — A South Jersey charity has transformed its headquarters into the North Pole for today and tomorrow, so that parents can select toys for their kids.

Thousands of donated toys were stacked onto tables at the Glassboro headquarters of Robin’s Nest, a nonprofit providing counseling and mental health services to 8,000 South Jersey families in need.

For this two-day “Santa’s Workshop,” parents who have been helped during the year come in and “shop” for toys for their children.

“When we have someone who’s working with Robin’s Nest, we know firsthand some of those struggles,” says  CEO Anthony DiFabio, “and we want to try and give them a reason to feel joy and happiness during the holidays.”

Charity Kersey, of Paulsboro, NJ, picked out a wagon for her son, and sensory balls for her daughter.

“You just get overwhelmed,” she said, her voice cracking.  “And I’m glad to be here today, receiving the love and joy that someone put out in the world to help me today.”

Kersey says if it weren’t for Santa’s Workshop, she would have had to make the best of what would have been a sad holiday.


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