About Carz N' Toyz
Who We Are
Carz N’ Toyz, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, was formed by local car enthusiasts who wanted to combine their hobby with community service. The original mission of the organization was to ‘bring a smile to the faces of hospitalized children served by Virtua in Southern New Jersey’. Over the years, and because of the generosity of their benefactors, the original mission has expanded to support many worthwhile causes and projects all of which focus on benefiting children.
Besides donating toys for hospitalized children throughout the year, Carz N’ Toyz has also provided infant car seats, books and book cases as well as electronic games for hospital activity rooms. Contributions have also been made in support of the new Pediatric Care Unit at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly. The most recent endeavor is to provide funding for concussion impact testing for young athletes. Support of this project truly aligns with, and punctuates our motto … “Driven to Care for Kids”.
The trustees, officers, and volunteers serve without compensation and all contributions received go toward our purpose except for a small amount used to maintain the corporation.
In 1970, 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 throughout southern New Jersey.
Today, all Carz N’ Toyz activities, are done in memory of Saverio Joseph Lacroce, who passed away in August 1975 at the age of 12.
Driven to Care for Kids