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Jersey City Captain Mark Lee Memorial Toy Drive Continues Despite COVID-19

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | December 22, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 122220102

Jersey City Fire Captain Mark Lee, of Engine Co. 10, loved Christmas and took over a toy collection project started by firefighters in his firehouse, in 1985, that had retired. He, and other members, made sure that under privileged kids in the city would have some kind of a Christmas.

After his death in 2014, resulting from complications from his many hours at Ground Zero, after the 9-11 attacks, the toy drive was taken over by his wife, Cheryl and son, Firefighter Matt Lee, Jr., of Engine Co. 10, assisted by many members of the FDJC, families and friends.

Children's gifts were acquired by members, but Due to COVID-19, there was no wrapping party this year. The toy drive members gave out gifts to children on several weekends during December, at various locations around the city. Some home visits, during the week, were made to families unable to stand in a socially distant line at one of these events.

Photos here show the toy drive's give away along the Newark Avenue pedestrian walkway, near Bay Street and the Gong Club's quarters.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.