MILLBURN, NJ — After being honored at the most recent Millburn Township Committee meeting, Caring Kids was also recognized at Monday's Board of Education (BOE) meeting for their work in helping those less fortunate.

The group of women—Dorothy Kelley, Kim Moore and Sharon Cohen—work together on Caring Kids, which seeks to teach Millburn School District students empathy, patience and understanding, as well as run charity events. The organization is in its 25th year of operation.

At the meeting, the group was honored for their work, an honor that Moore says is key to helping the group spread their message and get the word out.

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"I think that having any opportunity to speak about caring, community, charity, empathy, all of those words [is key]," Moore said. "Given that opportunity, we take it because what we're doing is trying to share all of those messages.

"During the holiday season is always a great time to do it, but we want to hopefully grow that throughout the course of the year with the programming we provide."

"[It's] incredibly important, particularly as we have had them work with our kids for as long as I have [been here]," Dr. Burton said. "Each and every year, they do an amazing job to be able to work with 'How do we build character education with our students,' and that is to give to others."

As Dr. Burton also said, the coordination displayed by the group each year is amazing, and that she wants to give thanks to Caring Kids for all their hard work.

With just a few more weeks to go, Caring Kids has announced the time and location for the upcoming 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 sharonmcohen2@gmail.com.