On behalf of Mayor Elwell and the members of the Town Council, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped make the holidays so special for the less fortunate in our community.
Many thanks are extended to the students of Clarendon School, United Parcel Service, Artistic Tile and Kipnis Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Institute for the groceries from their food drives that filled our Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets; Storage Mart for supplying the corrugated boxes for the holiday baskets; Secaucus Unico, Engine Company #1, Ashley Furniture and the many local residents for their generous donations to the Secaucus Emergency Food Pantry; the Kiwanis Club for giving out bountiful holiday baskets to some of our neediest residents; the Olive Garden for supplying the desserts; Kings' Kitchen for preparing the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for our homebound seniors and Mayor Elwell for delivering the Thanksgiving meals.
I am grateful to Principal Pat Coccucci, the Middle School students and PSE&G for their collection of toys; the teachers, staff and students of Clarendon School and Huber Street School for sponsoring families with clothing, toys and books. A special thanks to the 26 students of the Middle School Builder's Club who served the seniors a holiday luncheon and then sang with them at the Senior Center.
I appreciate the overwhelming kindness of local businesses, churches and service organizations for sponsoring families; Kipnis Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Institute, Vision Media, Olive Garden, the members of the K&S Social and Athletic Club.
Additional thanks are due to the PBA for their help in gathering and delivering gifts and escorting Santa on his rounds; to Stephanie Sheridan, Tracy Rosenberg and her daughter Christina for helping to wrap and tag gifts; to Jim Sheridan for his role in bringing joy to the children at the town's employee holiday luncheon and to the many local residents, too numerous to name, who gave from their hearts by sponsoring families, donating turkeys, hams, groceries and gifts.
I would like to also thank the Secaucus town employees who sponsored children and purchased toys from their wish lists; Jerry Halbach of Social Services and Mary Miller of Recreation who put in many hours to help me to get the job done and to make sure all our low income families had something to celebrate this year.
May God Bless you all for making the 2007 holiday season so special, filled with the sprit of giving.
Department of Social Services