Today the newspaper is often filled with stories about how difficult times are and how people are not doing what they should for others.
On Sunday, the Elizabeth Police Department gave of their time and dollars to support kids from Children’s Specialized. The doors of Jersey Gardens Mall opened early for a special group of teens – members of Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Friday Night Fever program. This program enables teens with disabilities enjoy activities out together as a group, without their parents. This past Sunday, holiday shopping was the activity of the day. Instead of the usual community volunteers, the police officers from the Elizabeth PBA joined the teens and helped them shop for their friends and family.
This is the fourth year the officers have donated gift cards to each teen to they could independently purchase holiday presents. An officer was paired up with a teen and off they went. The members of the police department even brought their own families because they have personally gotten so much out of helping these teens during previous years.
We must thank the Elizabeth PBA local #4 for donating the gift cards and spending time shopping with our kids; Jersey Gardens Mall for opening early, supplying gift bags with store coupons, wrapping paper, special session with Santa and photos. Thanks also to Rick Chesky, of RC Solutions, for sponsoring lunch for all involved.
Amy B. Mansue
President & CEO
Children’s Specialized Hospital
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