State Farm funds AECDC Child Safety Class for 3rd Year
For 2015, State Farm Insurance has provided $20,000 to fund our C-CARS program: Children's Car And Road Safety, which is part of our BeBe B.E.S.T program.
Last year, with an $18,000 grant, over 100 new parents attended safety education classes, available in both Spanish and English. At the end of the sessions each parent received a free, new car seat to bring their babies home safely from the hospital.
New Brunswick Rotary Club Shares Gifts with Babies: $700 donated for diapers
Each year at their holiday party, members of the Rotary Club of New Brunswick have a gift exchange with each other. This year instead they collected dollars for diapers. The diapers go to low-income families who cannot provide their young children with basic needs.
The Rotary Club donated $700 plus one box of diapers to B-FED, Baby Formula and Emergency Diapers, program run by the AECDC.
The donation was suggested and arranged by Roz Shaw, a long-time Rotary Club member and former board member of the AECDC. In 2012 the Rotary Club also honored the AECDC co-founder and then-president, Deborah Cherniss, with the annual Paul Harris Award for Service Before Self. Current president, Bruce Trattler, thanked the Rotary Club for their generosity of both funds and thoughtfulness in donating them.
Two Inspiring Women Help the AECDC
Hannah and Libby, two 13-year-olds raised more than $1,000 for the AECDC. They undertook this project in preparation for their Bat Mitzvahs, which they celebrated this fall. In the Jewish tradition, the Bar (for boys) or Bat (for girls) Mitzvah marks the transition to Jewish adulthood. As part of this transition, the new adults take on the responsibility of doing good deeds for others.
After discussions with family, teachers and Norka Torres, Director of the AECDC, Hannah and Libby were convinced that the mission of the CDC to help the elderly, disabled, working poor and other low income individuals provided the perfect opportunity for fulfilling their community service responsibilities. Hannah and Libby composed a letter explaining the reasons for their choice to concentrate on the B-Fed (Baby Formula and Emergency Diapers) Program. They solicited donations for baby products (disposable diapers, wipes, baby formula, clothes, etc.) from local stores. They also created a website featuring the letter and a place to make a donation.
We are all very proud of Libby and Hannah. Their dedication and involvement in community work is an inspiration to us all.
AECDC Brings 2014 Holiday Cheer
During this Thanksgiving, the AECDC provided 40 turkeys and 15 food baskets to some of our CDC client families who would not have had a holiday dinner otherwise. We partnered with the Suydam Street Reformed Church, which gave some of the turkeys. The other food was supplied by members of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple and other private donors.
Our holiday gift program, called “The Wishing Wall” enabled 250 children in 115 families to have their wishes come true through donations of toys, clothes and gift cards. Miller Logistics, a temporary staffing agency, adopted 10 children in 5 families. This agency also provides employment for some of our clients. Robert Wood Johnson Community Health, the New Brunswick Police Department, Gambino’s Restaurant as well as private donors contributed to the endeavor. However, the majority of donations came from members of the Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple.
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AECDC diaper bank assists families in need
By Lauren Wanko
This mom of two needs diapers for her children and on this day she’s getting them for free.
“It just provides that little gap in between transitioning through certain financial issues,” said client Tiyonia.