MILLBURN, NJ - With the holiday season approaching, local groups are now ramping up their efforts to give back to the community. One such group was honored with a proclamation at Tuesday night's township committee meeting.

Caring Kids, an organization designed to 'teach Millburn School District students empathy, patience and understanding' for their fellow students who might have 'learning, visual and physical differences' is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As a result, the township brought several members of the group forward to honor their work.

Along with their work in Millburn, the group has also run the Caring Kids Holiday Gift Drive, which has helped hundreds of special needs students in Newark.

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For Sharon Cohen, one of the three township residents honored, the recognition from the township is great to have. Additionally, Cohen also thanked those who helped to make the proclamation possible.

"Caring Kids would like to thank the Township of Millburn for recognizing our efforts to compliment the academic curriculum with our message of caring, kindness, and respect," Cohen said. "We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents, teachers, and administrators who support us. We are honored to have our work recognized in this official capacity."

As part of its programming, Caring Kids has announced the time and location for the annual installment of their toy drive. The ninth annual holiday gift drive and celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec.14, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm. at Hartshorn School.

The event will include festive gift wrapping, card-making and chocolate treat dipping. The group will also be collecting Shop Rite and Walmart gift cards to help the families with basic necessities. 

Residents who would like to sponsor a child and provide them with gifts for the holidays, or are looking for more information can email Sharon Cohen at