Amidst the Christmas songs on the radio, shopping mall Santas, and Berkeley Heights’ very own tradition of a winter walk and tree-lighting, the holiday season seems to bring a familiar feeling of warmth despite the dropping temperatures. 

But as the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad knows too well, sickness doesn’t take a winter vacation. For their annual fundraiser, the BHVRS cadets are collecting new toys to be donated to Morristown Medical Center pediatric patients. We invite all members of the community to give a slice of holiday spirit by donating a toy!

We will have collection boxes around town at Governor Livingston, On the Ball Dog Training Center on Summit Ave, and at the UC Tech building at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools campus. 

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We are also accepting monetary donations to be donated to Morristown Medical Center. Feel free to donate any amount, as every small donation matters, and support our fundraiser at the New Providence Chipotle on December 21st from 4-8pm. Just mention to the cashier that you are supporting the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to BHVRS.

Senior and co-cadet captain Zoe O’Halloran reflects, “The rescue squad is not just about treating people medically, but also giving back to the community and helping in every aspect that we can. From writing get-well-soon cards to donating toys to local children, the rescue squad tries to help the community in any way possible.” This holiday season, we hope that as you look forward to giving and receiving gifts, you will donate a small toy, yet an immeasurable amount of holiday cheer to the BHVRS cadet fundraiser.