Priscilla Herr-Neckar stands next to her husband, Merrit Herr-Neckar, and Ridley Township Commissioner Steve Bidoli at the awards presentation.

By Barbara Ormsby
Times Correspondent
RIDLEY TOWNSHIP >> The commissioners honored two township residents at their January meeting who have given much to many.
The honorees were Matt Tyson and Merrit V. Herr-Neckar, each of whom received resolutions from commissioners Tom Donahue and Steve Bidoli,
Tyson, 24, began an annual Christmas toy drive for the young patients at Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia 13 years ago called Matt's Toy Drive. He
was inspired to begin this undertaking when he recalled the nearly year long stay at CHOP where he underwent a liver transplant when he was 11 years
old. Over the last 13 years Matt has collected more than 20,000 toys and about $10,000 in gift cards to be delivered to patients ranging in age from infants to 19 years of age. Along the way the toy drive has attracted scores of volunteers to help with the storing, packing and delivery of the gifts to the hospital.
Matt's family has been involved with the project from the beginning.
The resolution reads: "Now therefore be it resolved, that the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Ridley hereby acknowledge and salute Matt
Tyson for organizing such a worthwhile cause and also his family and supporters for their thoughtfulness and generosity in continuing to donate annually to 'Matt's Toy Drive.'''
"Thanks for shinning a positive light on Ridley Township," commissioners President Bob Willert told Tyson.
Herr-Neckar retired as an EMT at the end of 2019 after more than 50 years with various fire and EMT organizations throughout Delaware County. He
has been certified as an EMT, paramedic, firefighter, fire police and most recently, chaplain.
"Whereas, our community is appreciative of Merrit's lifetime of public service and commitment as he faithfully served in these selfless and distinguished
professions for 50 years," the resolution states.
"You are a great role model for the young people who are EMTs," Willert said to Herr-Neckar. "Where ever I went in Ridley Township, you were
Willert said the two honorees bring honor to the township.
The resolutions will be recorded in the official minutes of the township and copies were presented to each honoree.


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