ELIZABETH — New Jersey Mike Cartagena, president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), shared a gift-opening moment with one young child at the Three Kings Day event held at Trinitas Regional Medical Center on Jan. 7.
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, shown at the podium with Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, welcomed the young people to the fourth annual Three Kings Day celebration that is coordinated in partnership with the NLPOA.(Photos courtesy of Trinitas)
Three Kings Day, also known as “Little Christmas,”is celebrated on Jan. 6 among the Latino population. The event brought smiles of delight to children and teens hospitalized at Trinitas who enjoyed a variety of age-appropriate gifts. The Assemblywoman emphasized that the event celebrated “neighbors helping neighbors” and was an opportunity for the children and teens to enjoy the generosity of the community, including the National Latino Peace Officers Association.
Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth also attended the event and visited with the young people. Representing the National Latino Peace Officers Association were NJ Chapter member Homero Almanzar; Hector Ramos, immediate past president of the NJ Chapter, and Edwin Maldonado, President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Nadine Brechner, Executive Director of the Trinitas Health Foundation and Pamela Goldstein, the Foundation’s Director of Annual and Planned Giving, helped facilitate the distribution of gifts to the children and teens.