MILLBURN, NJ — For a pair of brothers and Millburn High School students, the break in activities as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was a chance for them to give back to an organization that cares for children with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

When Vishal and Vikram Ganti were told by their mother Sonali, a Millburn Board of Education member, about a call for help from Youth Consultation Services (YCS), they put a fundraising drive in place within two hours.  As a result of their efforts, the brothers were able to give YCS a check for $1500 for computers, 20 board games for the children, 4 packs of baby wipes, and raised $101 for fingertip oximeters. 

“My brother has special needs, so when I heard YCS needed help, I knew we had to do something,” Vishal said. “I’m glad we could help.”

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For Sonali, seeing her boys work so hard to fundraise was such a joy for her.

“I know how important it is for special needs children to get the right services and support they need in order to be successful in their life’s journeys," she said. "I am proud to have my family be a part of helping YCS in their endeavors. I’m especially grateful to our wonderful friends and neighbors for their generosity in donations."

Members of the organization also spoke, expressing their thanks to Vishal and Vikram for their fundraising efforts.

"We are so grateful to the Ganti family, their donations mean so much to the children and families we care for" said Ruthie Harper, Chief Officer of Development, YCS Foundation.

While most of the donation efforts are done, the campaign for Fingertip Pulse Oximeters is still ongoing. That GoFundMe link can be found here.

YCS operates 34 group homes for children and young adults with special needs throughout New Jersey, as well as community-based and in-home counseling programs for young mothers and their babies. To learn more, visit https://www.ycs.org/.