Salvation Army Reports Donations Are Down

STATE — As Christmas quickly approaches, the New Jersey Division of the Salvation Army is experiencing a severe drop in donations. Kettle donations are down. Cash donations are down. However, requests for assistance are significantly up. And, the cost to provide services to the needy has skyrocketed in past years.

Bocelli Concert Benefits Saint Barnabas System Cancer Services

NEWARK — The Saint Barnabas Health Care System recently presented an evening with world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Prudential Center in Newark. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cancer Services of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Boost Pediatric Health Center at Trinitas

ELIZABETH — A $24,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities will allow the Trinitas Pediatric Health Center to extend staffing and hours of operation to accommodate an overwhelming number of phone calls and walk-ins from parents requesting an appointment either for a sick or well child visit.

Sweet Holiday Treats

RAHWAY — Pre-Kindergarten students in Kathleen Harris’ class at Franklin School in Rahway decorated their own gingerbread man and gingerbread house after reading ‘The Gingerbread Friends’ and ‘The Gingerbread Baby’ by author Jan Brett.