MONROE – On Dec. 13, the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) hosted approximately 1,000 underprivileged children at its 13th annual children’s holiday party. The event was held at Pegasus at the Meadowlands Race Track.
Over the course of the year, multifamily property owners, apartment community staffs, and industry vendors held a total of forty-seven toy drives throughout the state, resulting in over 2,000 toys being collected. Volunteers from each company and organization donated a tremendous amount of time and resources planning and working each toy drive, in addition to the holiday party.
“Throughout the year, NJAA works hard in coordination with its members to advocate on behalf of the multifamily industry,” commented Jean Maddalon, executive director of NJAA. “And now in this season of giving, it is truly touching to witness the industry come together to give back to the children of New Jersey, who all deserve a happy holiday.”
Children enjoyed a day full of fun activities and entertainment culminating with a visit from Santa Claus. Activities included face painting, balloon sculpture, cartoon characters and dancing. NJAA members volunteered at the event, entertaining the children, serving lunch, and helping Santa give out toys. Neighboring high schools also volunteered at the event. These schools included Becton Regional High School, Summit High School, Immaculate Heart Academy, and Ridgewood High School.
NJAA thanked its sponsors. The Meadowlands Racetrack donated the space for the party; ARAMARK Food Services donated the children’s lunch; The Coca-Cola Company donated all of the beverages; Walmart donated the funds to purchase snacks for the children; Coinmach Corporation and Multi-Housing Depot by ARI donated the toy collection service; NJ Management donated the volunteer lunch and Premier Entertainment, Inc. donated the interactive music program.
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