About $4000 raised for local charities by walking instead of shopping on Black Friday
The Friday after Thanksgiving means Black Friday to many: a day spent running about in search of amazing retail sales. For a group of participants at the Highland Park High School, however, it meant something different this year. Instead of spending money at the mall, these folks chose instead to RAISE money while running and walking in support of charities meaningful to them. According to event organizer, Laura Gordon, about $4000 was raised for the organization she was supporting, the Central Jersey Diaper Bank. Track Friday is a national initiative that began in New Jersey as an effort to support victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and has been gaining momentum in cities across the country ever since.
Elinor's Culture Club, a group of New Jersey women brought together by the late Elinor Geller, invited AECDC President Deborah Cherniss (second from right) to tell them about diaper need and the kinds of situations that bring clients to us.
We continue to receive hundreds of diapers from Brandeis Women and other groups, like Elinor’s Culture Club.
Our Resource VP, John Yen, has become a Craig’s List devotee, searching for baby items and asking the sellers if they’d be willing to donate to us.
He’s had a strong response – and has been very busy picking up a variety of items, including diapers, high chairs and bassinets.
In 2015, Casey Cattell not only became a first-time mother, but she also became one of the many faces of the Maternal Health Crisis in the United States. It would be an understatement to say she had a challenging pregnancy and postpartum, dodging death not once, but twice. Blood transfusions were one of the crucial elements to saving her life- she received at least 15 units which is more than her entire blood volume- and she is now holding blood drives to support Maternal Health Awareness to pay the gift of life forward.