PATERSON, NJ - The Easter Bunny hopped on over to NJCDC and left a special Easter treat for students at the Paterson Family Center Preschool (PFC) on Friday. More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, much still doesn't seem normal, and for many Paterson families, holidays like Easter are especially stressful. The NJCDC wanted to make sure that during this most challenging of times, they were still able to make Easter special for those they serve. And because of the generosity of a group of caring Bergen County teens, they were able to do just that.

The generous donation was organized by Michael Buckley, son of NJCDC Board Chair Don Buckley and his wife Mary Beth, whose confirmation class was looking to make a difference this Easter. Having seen firsthand the joy on Paterson kids' faces at NJCDC's holiday events, Michael had the idea to make Easter baskets for students in the preschool, and his confirmation class followed suit. Altogether, students in the St. Pius X confirmation class made more than 50 beautiful Easter baskets, each one-of-a-kind basket and filled with an assortment of candies, treats, games, and fun surprises!

NJCDC offered their thanks to Mary Beth Buckley, who collected all the baskets and, with the help of a fellow class mother, delivered them directly to NJCDC. "The confirmation candidates from St. Pius X in Old Tappan were happy to relive their younger years by making Easter baskets for the preschoolers," Mary Beth said.

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As for the giveaway itself, the Easter baskets were distributed outside at the NJCDC headquarters, where the preschool is located. PFC Director Julie MacLeod and caring volunteers worked together to give out all the baskets in a safe and socially distanced manner. While masks were of course required, those volunteering said they could still spot the smiles of the overjoyed three- and four-year-olds who received the baskets!

Republished with permission from NJCDC.

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