FLEMINGTON, NJ – Chabad of Hunterdon’s  CTeen Youth Group recently held its Ice Cream Kickoff event here, but the highlight wasn’t the ice cream. That honor goes to the more than 25 toys and requested items that that will go to young children who have been diagnosed with a serious illness.

Cteen partnered with Chai Lifeline, an organization that facilitates specific requests from  patients, and who reached out to Cteen for help.

“They love crafts and games that will keep them busy, and distract them from their pain and discomfort as they go through treatment,” said Naomi Miller, the Chai Lifeline coordinator for New Jersey. “Chai lifeline brings happiness and care to children with serious illness.”

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The ice cream and backyard games accompanied the gift wrapping. 

“It was a special way to kick-off the year,” said Matt Reich, VP of Cteen and a Junior at North Hunterdon High School. “It’s a great feeling to give these children the exact toys they wished for.”

Hinda, who is six years old and who was diagnosed with Leukemia, asked for dolls and doll accessories. Zach Liebman from Flemington donated the dolls and accessories, then wrapped them with a handwritten note for her.

Moshe is 12 and suffers from Spina Bifida. He asked for board games, and Ryan Zimmerman from Whitehouse Station fulfilled the request just like Zach, and included a personal get well card.  

In honor of the upcoming High Holidays the teens decorated special Shana tova cards addressed to the children.

For more information about CTeen and upcoming events visit Jewishhunterdon.com/cteen.