Deepest gratitude… higher vision



The Holiday Toy Drive, brought to you by The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™ has come to a close and this past year we were able to provide toys and gifts with a value in excess of $75,000.00 to over 700 children. We would not have been able to achieve our goals without the help from our generous community and we sincerely thank everyone involved for helping make the holidays a little brighter for children living in Wayne & Pike Counties.

“The support from everyone brought much happiness to those less fortunate. Meeting the goal to provide gifts to as many children as we could meant more to our community than we could have ever imagined”, said Jim Zumpone, Chief Visionary & Founder of The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™. The massive support from all of the businesses, organizations, and community members who partnered to host a toy collection box, or host an event sharing the proceeds with our organization, was equally met by the outpouring of support from local volunteers who selflessly gave of their time to make this program a success.

When most children were focused on their own lists of what they want, an eight year old girl named Paityn Duprey held a bake sale to raise money to buy gifts for other children. She is an inspiration to all! (Read her story here)

This program would also have not been possible without the support of The Wayne County Ford & Bold Gold Media Holiday Toy Drive Challenge and everyone involved, who with the community’s support, filled seven pickup trucks with toys and an additional two pickup trucks worth of bicycles this year. We would also like to thank everyone involved with The Stourbridge Line Santa Express, individuals and groups who hosted events, and the many sponsors who supported the program this past year.

The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™ needed the help of many volunteers, Leveraging Skills to successfully accomplish this huge event. By Igniting Passions in people within our community, The Holiday Toy Drive was only the beginning of how The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™, and collective community efforts, can ensure we are Building Futures that are happy, meaningful, bright, and positive for our kids AND our communities. We are just thankful to everyone who pulled together in just a few short weeks to make this event the best it could be in 2017. We are committed to making The Holiday Toy Drive an annual event. Having more time to plan for 2018, we expect it to be even better.

With the Holiday Toy Drive on the calendar for 2018, we are also in the process of creating events, workshops, experiences, and opportunities that complement the five gears of The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™.


Fitness – Arts – Citizenry – Education – Trades


These are the FACETs that tie directly to the vision of what will become ZIPPER JUNCTION™, the place.

For more information, pictures, and video about this past year’s program, or to volunteer, visit our website Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, and again, I share my sincerest appreciation for all of the help that made a difference in the lives of our community’s children.