Community can help by donating gifts for children attending the event.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to host the first Union County Fostering Hope Together free holiday ice skating event for families with children under the care and supervision of the State of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. Parents and guardians of children in foster care are invited to enjoy a morning of holiday cheer featuring free skating for ages five and up, plus photos with Santa, live entertainment, activities, hot chocolate, cookies and more for all ages.

The Fostering Hope Together event is organized by the Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity and the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, in collaboration with Kemper Sports, the nonprofit family advocacy organization embrella, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and CASA of Union County.

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As part of the event, donated gifts will be provided for children and youth in attendance.

“Hundreds of children in Union County are currently in foster care, and we as a community can help ensure that they feel welcome and included in the activities and experiences of the holiday season,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board is proud to host Fostering Hope with our partners, and donations from the public are very much appreciated.”

To donate a gift for ages infant to 16, visit the “Foster And Adoptive Children Holiday Drive” online wish list at amazon.com.*

To donate a gift card for ages 17 and up, or to otherwise assist in the gift drive, contact Michael Miguel of embrella, at MichaelMiguel78@gmail.com or 908-965-1323.

To register and get more details about the event, families can contact their embrella advocate, CASA volunteer or DCP&P worker, or contact Nathalie Hernandez, Coordinator, Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity, at 908-527-4880 or Nahernandez@ucnj.org.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or dnewbury@ucnj.org, or visit ucnj.org/LGBTQ.

*Full link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1O2WRDVRRX3LL/ref=cm_go_nav_hz.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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