MORRISTOWN, NJ - CareOne brought the true spirit of the holidays to Morristown Medical Center on Monday afternoon when their employees arrived to bring toys to patients of The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Toys for all ages were collected by members of the CareOne community in their 60 facilities in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
CareOne CEO, Daniel E. Straus said that more than 3,000 toys were collected and donated by the CareOne community. Straus commented, “This is a real testament to the caring nature of the CareOne community. Our employees, residents, family members of the residents and vendors all joined together to make these very special deliveries possible. The looks of joy on the faces of the children were absolutely priceless.”
Each Valerie Fund Center is located at a top pediatric hospital within an hour’s drive of most of New Jersey’s population, providing state-of-the-art medical and emotional care in a happy, upbeat, child-centered atmosphere.
Valerie Fund co-founders, Ed and Sue Goldstein said, “The outreach by everyone from CareOne was wonderful to witness. It was heartwarming to see the children so happy and excited. We couldn’t be more pleased, and we thank the CareOne community for its strong volunteer and giving spirit.”
This was the first year that CareOne contributed toys to The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers. The dedicated employees that were instrumental in organizing the effort included Elizabeth Straus, Executive Vice President and daughter of CEO Daniel E. Straus; Tim Hodges, Chief Strategy Officer; Alberto Lugo, Executive Vice President and General Counsel; and Sharon Donaghue, Vice President of Operations of HealthBridge, the sister company of CareOne.
Elizabeth Straus was very proud of the project. She commented, “At CareOne we are built on care and this is just one way we show it.”
Tim Hodges said, “CareOne’s effort on behalf of the Valerie Fund Centers broadens our reach as a healthcare provider to show concern and extend our reach to the children in the community.”
Dashawn Kinchen works for CareOne. She was delighted to be one of the employees to deliver the toys to Morristown Medical Center. Kinchen has a special relationship to The Valerie Fund Center. She was treated for the blood disorder ITP as a patient at the clinic for fourteen years from the time she was age seven to age twenty-one. She is now thirty-nine. Kinchen said of the Center, “It’s the best. It is a life-saving organization that I grew up with. The patients get love, hope and care; it is just like family.”
CEO Daniel Straus recently announced that the CareOne community will conduct a significant 2014 fundraising campaign to benefit the Valerie Fund. He also announced that $10,000.00 was being donated to the group.
CareOne has a reputation as a premier health care company in New Jersey with services that include post-hospital care, rehabilitation, assisted living, long-term care and a variety of clinical specialty programs. For more information on CareOne services, visit their web site at www.care-one.com.