From New Brunswick City Hall to the State Theater, at Robert Wood Johnson-University Hospital and SilverLine Windows, bright diaper collection boxes were filled with diapers for babies who otherwise could spend a whole day in a single diaper.
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple spear-headed the drive as part of their on-going efforts to help the community, and Brandeis Women, the Suydam Street Reformed Church, and the South Brunswick Senior Center also supported it.
The diapers will go to low-income families whose annual incomes are below $30,000 a year, no matter what the family size. B-FED (Baby Formula and Emergency Diapers) is a program of the Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation, a non-profit celebrating its 16th anniversary of providing services to all low-income residents of Middlesex County.
Last year more than 70,000 diapers were distributed to over 600 families (with almost 1,100 children) referred by area agencies. Thanks to all who support this year-round effort. Additional donations (of diapers or funds to purchase them) can be made to the AECDC, 222 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ, 08901.
On September 20, 2016, the AECDC was one of 20 organizations honored by the Karma Foundation as part of their "20 for 20 Awards," celebrating their 20 years of supporting services for infants, sick children, the homeless, victims of domestic violence and veterans, and covering basic needs, literacy, mental health, legal, and artistic programs. Each organization received $10,000.
The Karma Foundation has made financial donations annually to the AECDC for over 10 years. This additional award to the AECDC read: "In recognition of this New Brunswick-based organization that annually serves 1,000 low-income families regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or ethnicity, providing free diapers, formula and baby clothes and durable medical equipment, as well as assistance with filing applications for other basic needs such as health insurance."
Many thanks to the Karma Foundation for its continued and generous support.
Pictured, left to right: Dana Karmazin Elkins, Executive Director of the Karma Foundation; Deborah Cherniss, President of AECDC; and Sharon Karmazin, President of the Foundation.
Recently we were contacted by a social worker at a local hospital. The worker was concerned about a young woman who has had numerous complications with Type 1 Diabetes throughout her life. In the past year, she had had more than a dozen emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Completely dependent on her parents, this young woman had become depressed and withdrawn, and had stopped engaging with people. The family had to deal with the financial burden of the client's medical expenses as well as trying to manage her physical and mental health issues. The situation was extremely stressful for all of them.
Once the family received the news that we would be providing them with a transport wheelchair, they were thrilled. In fact, the social worker reported that the client actually began to interact socially. The family was very relieved and appreciative that we were able to ease their financial burden, and in a way that had a positive emotional impact as well. In their words, "the assistance we provided reduced their stress tremendously."