As part of our annual holiday gift program called “The Wishing Wall,” more than 200 children from more than 100 families had their Christmas wishes come true through donations of toys, warm clothes and gift cards.

This year many of the children receiving gifts were the innocent victims of domestic violence, many of whom are currently living in shelters.  Almost all of the children live in single parent households, with mommies and grandmas providing love and care.
They say it takes a village and this project was no exception.  The dedicated AECDC Staff and Board along with a team of volunteers from Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple and the NJ Youth Corp sorted, packed and delivered all the gifts in time for Christmas.
The New Brunswick community provided tremendous support for this effort as well.  A number of children’s wishes were filled by members of the New Brunswick Police Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team, RWJ Community Health & Hospital, The City of New Brunswick, Eric B. Chandler Health Center, Suydam Street Reformed Church, and the Greater Brunswick Charter School.

Also this year, the AECDC collaborated with the New Brunswick HUD Teen Center in a very successful gift give-away with Santa.

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