NJHL Toy and Gift Program 2003

On December 10th, 2003, the “Honor Legion of the Police Departments of the State of N.J.” (NJHL) conducted its second annual Toy & Gift program with the goal of making some children happy during this Holiday season. This years’ program was made possible through the generosity of NJHL Honored Citizen’s Dr. Bruno Casatelli of Newton, Dr. Ken Conte of Garfield, Mike and Paul Blitzstein of Bergenfield, Gerardo Stancato of Palisades Park, and Dan Nosenchuk of Westwood.

The NJHL purchased toys & clothing destined for 60 children (infant to adolescent) in the care of Children’s Aid & Family Services (CAFS).  These children are housed in 2 Pre-Adoptive Treatment Homes and 3 Adolescent Group Homes located in Ridgewood, Bogota, Park Ridge, and Paramus, New Jersey. CAFS also maintains the Turrell Child Development Center with 200 children, ages 2 months to 5 years old. The NJHL also purchased gifts for the children at the day care, as well as toys for the center itself.

The NJHL dropped off the toys & clothing that were on a “wish list” for the children of the group homes at the CAFS building at 200 Robin Rd., Paramus, NJ. At this location is also where the Turrell Child Developmental Center is located.  In addition to the products purchased for the group homes and the “Center”, the NJHL Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Elves (played by children from The Windsor School of Pompton Lakes) distributed to each of the children a Christmas stocking complete with crayons and coloring book.

CAFS is a nationally accredited non-profit organization established in 1899. CAFS is a leading provider of comprehensive therapeutic and crisis-intervention programs for families in Northern New Jersey.  While the NJHL program focused upon Children’s services, CAFS also offers Family and Community services. Further information about CAFS can be found on their website, www.cafsnj.org, or by calling 201/634-3664.

The NJHL was incorporated on December 27th, 1966 and is recognized as a non-profit charitable organization that is exempt from federal and state income tax under section 501(c) (3).  We are approximately 2,600 active and retired law enforcement officers of many Federal, State, County, and Local agencies throughout the State of New Jersey whom have performed an act of valor at imminent risk to their life. We are a fraternal, non-political organization that develops and encourages fraternal, charitable, social, and educational activities of its members, as well as supporting societal programs. We are also involved in sponsoring programs toward children with disabilities.

We provide support and assistance monetarily, morally, or in any other way possible, to a New Jersey Law Enforcement Officer’s family when he/she is killed in the line of duty. Should the event have qualified that Officer for membership, that Officer is then posthumously inducted as a member of the organization. Our Widows and Orphans provide a contribution to the fallen officer’s estate.

Further information about the NJHL can be found on our website, www.njhl.com, or by calling 973/278-7225.

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