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Fanwood 'Christmas House' Welcomes Santa, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

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"The Christmas House" on Patterson Road in Fanwood helps raise $ for people with disabilities. Credits: John Mooney
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Mayor Colleen Mahr with sons Colin (left) and Daniel (right) and Santa
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Children wait for a visit with Santa. Credits: John Mooney
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The Roser family encourages donations to NJID Credits: John Mooney
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Santa asks a boy what gifts are on his list. Credits: John Mooney
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Children enjoy the display at "The Christmas House" in Fanwood. Credits: John Mooney
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Credits: John Mooney
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The Christmas House is on Patterson Rd near Farley Ave. Credits: John Mooney
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Families stand on line to meet Santa. Credits: John Mooney
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"The Christmas House" features hundreds of lights and hand-made displays. Credits: John Mooney
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Santa had gifts for children at "The Christmas House." Credits: John Mooney
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FANWOOD, NJ -- Santa visited the "Christmas House" at 83 Paterson Road in Fanwood on Saturday evening to give out over 100 wrapped gifts to little boys and girls and to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities. The display will be lit until January 8, 2018, including 30+ hours straight from Christmas Eve to Christmas Night.

Santa's visit was organized by June and Greg Roser, who began preparing the holiday display shortly after Halloween, according to daughter Vicky. 

"My dad has been doing this for three years. He runs a car show for Galloping Hill Cruisers, which raises money for NJID, and this is an extension of that fundraising," Vicky said. 

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Last year, the effort raised $700, and the Rosers hope to surpass $1,000 this year. Anyone who wishes to donate to the Roser Family Christmas Display fund raiser can do the following:

1) Write a check payable to NJID and mail it to Greg Roser, 83 Paterson Road, Fanwood, NJ 07023.
2) Visit the display and leave donations in the mail box next to the front door. (The Rosers check the box several times during the night.)
3) Donate ot NJID online at www.njid.org. Click on "donate" and you will be directed to a safe independent PayPal site. In the "Add special instructions to the seller" section, insert ROSER and the donation will be credited to the fund raising campaign.

The New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID) offers specialized facilities, programs and supports throughout the State of New Jersey and beyond for infants, children and adults with developmental and related disabilities. 

With a dedicated staff of more than 500 employees, in 41 program sites throughout the state, NJID is one of the largest not-for-profit agencies of its kind in the nation. Each year, more than 1500 infants, children and adults with disabilities and their families are helped by NJID's unique continuum of services.

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