WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council bestowed Bill and Karen Broadfield at its Feb. 19 meeting with the Mayor's Award for driving toy donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
The couple, formerly of Woodland Park, now residing in Totowa, took a trailer full of over 600 toys that were collected at the Woodland Park and Totowa Fire Department’s Nov. 30, 2019 Holiday Lights Parade and personally delivered them to the hospital as part of the 2,000-mile round trip journey.
In addition to the toys, a check of $2,500 was donated to St. Jude. The toys and money were all raised at the parade participants as well as spectators.
The Broadfields have a long-standing commitment to community service, said Mayor Kazmark. Bill is a firefighter in Totowa and Karen is a former member of the West Paterson First Aid Squad.
Fire Chief Paul Salomone expressed his gratitude to the Broadfields for stepping up to ensure that the children at St. Jude's had a happy holiday. Organizers of the Holiday Lights Parade had unanimously decided at the first meeting to collect donations to help to St Jude's.
The Broadfields were glad to help.
“It was something that I knew we needed to do,” Karen Broadfield said. “It was our privilege and pleasure to do it.”