To the Editor:
The Community Cancer Support Group would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who came together to make our toy and gift drive a success this year. For bringing the true spirit of the holidays to these children and their families we thank Tom Coughlin and the entire staff of BCB Community Bank. We are grateful for your continued support. To the men who are the foundation of this drive, Rocco Paolino, Tom Murphy, John McGovern, Buddy Klimkowski and Sean Murphy, thank you for all of your hard work. To Damion Andrisano, my Santa and our elf Barbara Andrisano, thank you for your time and compassion.
For their most generous donations we thank Pat Russo, Mary Ellen Quinn, Ed Rutkowski and Penny Bardet. Thank you to Arnold Valentino, who organized more than 30 musicians who performed a fantastic night of music and collected toys at Buttero’s for us in an “All for One For All” event. To Dan Ward, who asked all who came to help him celebrate his birthday to bring gifts for our drive thank you! To Linda Klimkowski, President of the Community Cancer Support Group, none of this is possible without you and the hundreds of things that you do to ensure this is a success year after year.
To the countless people who at a day’s notice came and wrapped and made packages as we received the lists and took time from their busy schedules, we especially thank Linda Kocha, Teresa Caposella, Lance Caposella and Jonathan Ramos.
Special thanks go out to all of the financial institutions and their staffs that year after year support and help us get what we need to the hospitals: Bank of America, Garden State Community Bank and Provident Bank, a huge Thank you! Thanks go out to Barbara DeBenedictis and the Peer Group of School #14 and Linda Klimkowski and the staff and students at Midtown Community School. For our wonderful donation of gifts we thank Linda Kocha, Barbara Kubert, Catherine and Dana Hojnowski we are amazed by your generosity. Thanks to Peter Amadeo who coordinates the adult party and helpers, Johnathan Ramos, Ashley Ciupa, Teresa Caposello, Lance Caposello, Karen, Gene and Maegan Duran, Cindy and Jennifer Gallagher. Thank you to City Hall and The Public Library for their collection also. To Nancy Aleman and the staff at Bayonne Medical Center thank you. To everyone who saw our need and made a donation, thank you!
From the families and staffs at Hackensack University Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert-Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital as well as the children who go to two daycare centers or take part in the special preschool programs in our community we thank you all for your little acts of love and kindness and wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
Community Cancer Support Group