BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad was the recipient of two donations at last Monday's monthly squad meeting. BHVRS President Joe Savino invited the community members to their meeting so the squad could meet the people behind the donations.
Donna Aflalo was first to present a check for $1,050. Savino explained, for the past two years, Donna has organized a vendor night and each vendor gave part of their proceeds to the squad.
Aflalo had a goal to raise enough money to purchase two Mass Casualty Kits (MCI Kits)along with the ancillary supplies to go with them, which cost about $350 each. The vendor night came up just short, so, Aflalo posted to the Berkeley Heights Community Forum to meet her goal. The community responded and stepped up in a big way. "We exceeded our goal and it took us to another level," said Aflalo.
Savino thanked Aflalo for her hard work and for going the extra mile to meet the goal to purchase something the squad was going to purchase themself.
Aflalo, who is passionate about helping, said she will continue to "do things with the community" and plans to post about the Amazon Smiles program [in support of the BHVRS] -- "it's something very easy," she said.
Next, Dr. Patrick Smith presented a check for $1,000. This was his second $1,000 donation to the squad in the past year.
Savino told the squad that Dr. Smith is extremely active in the community. "I wanted you to meet Pat, he works very hard for us and for other people and we owe him a lot of thanks."
This donation is on behalf of the Berkeley Heights 5K [and the Smith Chiropractic Foundation], Dr. Smith said. -- "This is easy for me. [This is from] all of our patrons, walkers, runners and volunteers. -- You are the real heroes. You make it happen every day of the year. I am but a small part of what makes it happen. We are very proud to have you guys. We appreciate having the squad at all of the events we do: Winter Walk, Block Party, Road Race etc. -- Without you guys, the community kind of shuts down. We would be remiss if folks like us, that have the ability to raise funds, don't give back," said Dr. Smith.