SMJ club partners with Sweet Frog, Salvation Army to spread cheer

Groups to collect toys for children

BURNHAM — Seven Mountains Jeeps has partnered with Sweet Frog and the Salvation Army to help local families for Christmas.

From now until Saturday, Sweet Frog will accept new and unwrapped toys to donate to the Salvation Army. Those who donate get 25 percent off a purchase at Sweet Frog.

Cassandra Munson with SMJ said all kinds of toys for newborns to age 12-years-old are needed, including books. They will also be collecting monetary donations on Saturday at Sweet Frog.

“So, remember while you’re out black Friday shopping to grab a toy for the drive. Then, on Saturday, the toys will be escorted by local police and fire trucks, along with many SMJ Jeeps from Sweet Frog to The Salvation Army (beginning at 4 p.m.). It is the first time Sweet Frog has been involved with this event.  Help us make it a great success for the kids in need at Christmastime,” Sweet Frog owner Matt Eddy said in a press release.

SMJ has been putting this toy drive together for the last four years, with exception of last year.

“We have had a pretty good turnout in the past,” SMJ member Nate Tate said.

The Jeep enthusiast group does a variety of volunteer activities in addition to the toy drive. They help raise money for law enforcement, participate in the National Night Out and work with Boy Scout Troop 409 in Beavertown.

“Anything community based,” Tate said, adding that they want to do all they can to continue to promote the outdoors.

To that end, Tate said he hopes to partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to maintain some mountain roads in the area.