HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Once again this year A Hero's Welcome North Jersey spearheaded  Adopt a Vet, a program that brings holiday gifts to veterans and their families throughout Bergen County.

For the second year in a row, Rose Pagan's organization teamed up with Bergen County Veterans Services to deliver gifts to veterans, ranging from single parents, to families to elderly veterans. The group harnessed its volunteers as well as community groups and individuals donating gifts and household items. Last year, the group "adopted" 88 veterans. This year it 'adopted' 150 veterans from throughout Bergen County, including Hackensack, Teaneck, Fort Lee, Moonachie, Paramus, and Oakland, among other towns.

The gifts were delivered from  December 17 through December 20. Pagan and her elves were even joined by Santa Claus in making deliveries.

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Pagan noted some of the community groups who contributed to this year's event were Euclid Elementary School in Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts, BJ's Brewhouse in Teterboro, G3 Communications, Fair Lawn Police Department, Fair Lawn Human Services Department, and companies Zimmer Biomet, and Vistra. 

Pagan was grateful to the Hasbrouck Heights VFW, which hosted the group's collection effort, Extra Space Storage for storage, and Handi-Lift in Carlstadt, for helping transport the gifts and other items. She was also thankful for "everyone who donated, helped move, transported, and contributed" with this year's event. 

She was especially thankful for the students who are involved in the program. 

"The local kids really want to come out and help," she said

 

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