ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs chose gifts from under the Christmas tree at Trinitas Regional Medical Center during the ninth Annual Three Kings Day Celebration organized by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) earlier this month at Trinitas.
The day commemorates the Three Wise Men who gave the baby Jesus gifts during the height of the Christmas season. Donations are collected from the community to make sure the children of Trinitas experience a joyful holiday season with plenty of gifts. The children, ages 3 to 18, are patients in the adolescent residential program, the inpatient pediatric behavioral health program and the outpatient pediatric behavioral health program at Trinitas.
"Each year, this heartwarming event enriches the lives of these children," said Quijano. "Many of them live at the hospital and don't have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays at home. I'm thankful that, with the help of our generous sponsors, we were able to bring a little holiday joy to these children."
Those who attended and offered their support included: Elizabeth’s Mayor Chris Bollwage, Senator Joe Cryan, Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9, NJ FMBA, NJ State PBA, State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, National Coalition of Latino Officers, Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District, and the Union County Sheriff's Office among others.
“We know the children look forward to it every day, but we enjoy it just as much,” says Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the Trinitas Health Foundation, whose enthusiasm seems to grow each year.
Both Brechner and Quijano are grateful to the sponsors, donors, community groups and everyone who contributed to the day and helped make it a success. Their generosity makes it possible.
In addition to the gifts given to the children at Trinitas, Quijano and sponsors also provided a ping-pong table, karaoke machine, musical instruments, exercise equipment, and other items for use in their therapy and playrooms.
Those who contributed to the January 4 event are as follows.
New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association
New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association - Local 9
Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District and Janice DeAvila
New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association
Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County President Louis Demondo
Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County
Councilman Manny Grova, Jr.
Freeholder Sergio Granados
Elizabeth Board of Education President Maria Carvalho
Elizabeth Board of Education Member Stephanie Goncalves
Elizabeth Board of Education Member Diane Barbosa
Groundworks Elizabeth and Johnathan Phillips
Hon. Iliana Chèvre
Hon. Pat Perkins Auguste
James Cobb NY Shipping
State Farm Insurance and Angel Rodríguez
Bayway Liquors - Transportation
Maria Teresa President of “Angeles Foundation”
Diana Lopez President of “Mr. Peru-USA”
Assemblywoman Quijano and Brechner also welcomed and thanked friends of the community who attended the event and brought toys and clothing for the children.