WOODBRIDGE — Berkeley College students at the Middlesex Campus in Woodbridge are making it their mission to brighten the holiday season for others. The Berkeley Association of Peer Assistance Leaders (BAPAL), a club that focuses on leadership, mentorship and community service, is holding a toy drive for the patients at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
“The students, faculty and staff at the Berkeley College Middlesex Campus have been extremely generous in supporting this club initiative,” said Berkeley College student and BAPAL President Jasmine Arellano of Spotswood, who has been involved with the club for two years. “The patients at the hospital have had a difficult year, and we can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces when we deliver the toys.”
Later this month, club officers and advisors dressed as Santa and his elves will deliver the toys to the hospital. They also will have an opportunity to spend time with the patients, who range in age from infants to teens.
The students held fundraising events during November and December, netting almost $700 that was used to purchase additional toys. The club served homemade food at a spaghetti luncheon and also sold bagels donated by Knot Just Bagels in Woodbridge to raise money.
“As the largest club on campus, BAPAL is in a position to set a good example for others on campus and in the community at-large,” said Berkeley College Personal Counselor, Middlesex Campus, and Club Advisor Alyson Pompeo. “Their selflessness and motivation to help others is really what the holiday season is all about.”
Berkeley College student and Secretary of the Berkeley Association of Peer Assistance Leaders (BAPAL) Karen Cruz of Woodbridge serves food during a spaghetti luncheon to support the purchase of toys for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
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