Linden Family Thankful For The Holiday

Linden Councilman Derek Armstead

Linden Councilman Derek Armstead

LINDEN — The Rivera–Rodriguez Family are thankful this holiday season for all the help and support they have received from Linden Councilman Derek Armstead and other Linden residents, including Board of Education members Dawn Beviano, Lisa Ormon and newly-elected member Alexander Alvarez.

The Rivera–Rodriguez Family includes three children with special needs, ages 5, 7 and 10. According to the Rodriguez, “Once Councilman Derek Armstead found out about our children’s medical needs and financial hardship, he invited us to his home for dinner and surprised our six year old daughter with clothes and toys.”

At the present time, due to the children’s medical needs, mom is unable to work and dad is currently laid off from work. He has been desperately looking for a job but so far has been unsuccessful.

According to Armstead, holidays are a wonderful time to give back to the community. Project Helping Hands, a community-base organization started by Armstead, has decided to adopt the Rivera-Rodriguez family for the holiday. Linden residents are invited to attend a Thanksgiving luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., to benefit the family. Pastor Sheila Fall of Linden has donated her Church to host this event which will take place at Temple of God Church, 1318 East St. Georges Avenue, Linden.

The event will be a surprise for the children. To make the luncheon a success, here are a few gift ideas you can donate:

  • Food
  • Boy’s clothes sizes 12 and 7
  • Girl’s clothes size 6
  • Age appropriate Girl and Boy toys
  • Girl pull ups (Large)
  • Paper and hygiene supplies,
  • Gift cards (Walmart, Target, any grocery store)

Please email and Dr. Marlene Berghammer at or call 908-486-7982 to make arrangements for drop off.
For more information, visit Project Helping Hands on Facebook:

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