Holiday Gift Run Brings Joy to Children in Central New Jersey

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What an incredible feel-good day delivering happiness to children and parents who have been through a rough period in their lives.

On Saturday, December 14th, the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey held the 2013 Holiday Gift Run. Red Cross volunteers, dressed as elves, delivered donated toys and gifts house-to-house to 68 children in 34 Central New Jersey families who have experienced recent home fires. See Holiday Gift Run Photos…

“What an incredible feel-good day delivering happiness to children and parents who have been through a rough period in their lives,” said Marv Goodman, Red Cross volunteer and lead elf for the Holiday Gift Run. “Thank you to all who helped make this special day possible!”

These gifts delivered helped fulfill the children's holiday wish lists and were generously donated by employees at Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.A. in East Brunswick and members of the New Jersey Physician Assistant Foundation. In addition, thanks to Rutgers Recreation, the Red Cross Holiday Gift Run is one of the designees of toys collected from participants of the December 8th Rutgers Big Chill 5K. See Photos…

The Holiday Gift Run is made possible thanks to the donors mentioned above and thanks to the efforts of the Red Cross volunteers who work with the families, coordinate the delivery route, wrap the gifts and bring their holiday cheer to make the day very special for the children along the route. Many of these volunteers are Disaster Action Team members – the volunteers who respond to help families affected by home fires.

At any time of day or night, Disaster Action Teams of trained Red Cross volunteers are activated to respond to fires and provide emergency assistance with temporary lodging, food, clothing, and emotional support to help those affected. Disaster Action Teams Respond to 51 Home Fires in 41 Days

Our deepest appreciation to all of the wonderful donors and volunteers who helped bring such joy to all of these children during the Holiday Gift Run!