ROXBURY, NJ – She’s now in college, but Roxbury High School graduate Jessica Bartelloni got a lot of satisfaction from a high school school project that provided gifts to children fighting cancer.

So she’s doing it again.

Bartelloni, now attending County College of Morris, is keeping alive Project Glow Gold and hoping to gather even more presents for hospitalized children than last year. “Last year, we got 4,287 items,” Bartelloni said. “My goal is 5,000 this year. I’m trying to up my goal.”

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Her former partners opted out of the 2019 version of Project Glow Gold, so it’s just Bertelloni, her sister, Victoria, and a Kim Hughes, a fellow CCM student, running the effort this time, she said.

Project Glow Gold collects small items that are sorted and placed in gift bags, baskets and care packages and given to children enduring chemotherapy treatments “to give these children something to look forward to and to brighten their days.”

Little Things that Mean a Lot

The list of items the Bartelloni sisters are accepting includes girls and boys toys, nail polish, makeup and cosmetic bags, headbands, lip balms, Barbies and dolls, action figures, toy cars and trucks, craft supplies, crossword puzzles and word search games, books for kids 18 and younger, stress balls, gift cards, chewing gum, anti-nausea wristbands, fuzzy socks, card and board games and bracelets.

They are not accepting jewelry, perfume, lotion and stuffed aminals or dolls.

Despite no longer attending Roxbury High Schoool, Bartelloni said the school will be the nexus of this year’s Project Glow Gold. She said there will also be collection boxes elsewhere in Roxbury, including at the Remax Realtor’s office in Landing.

“It’s really rewarding to help people in need and giving back to the community,” Bartelloni said.
“Little things make people happy.”

The biggest response to last year’s Project Glow Gold came from Jefferson School in Succasunna, where students collected many small items.

The teens also sold about 200 bracelets that said “Project Glow Gold” on one side and “Be Bold Glow Gold” on the other. They also collected several hundred dollars in monetary donations, including $200 from the Roxbury Rotary Club.

The gift kits were delivered to young patients at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, Morristown Memorial Goryeb Center in Morristown and St Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, St Jude's in New York City, Sloan Kettering in New York City, Newark Beth Israel Children's Hospital, Unterberg Children’s Hospital in Monmouth, Saint Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, Saint Peter’s Children’s University in New Brunswick and Penn State Children's Hospital.

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