SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As school was wrapping up in June for students at the JA Coles Elementary School in Scotch Plains, they continued to give back to those in need.

Students donated over $1,500 worth of in-kind donations to several Child Life Service Departments at local area hospitals and organizations through the Coles Kids Care program. Donations included new crafts, puzzles,cards, activity sets, coloring books, markers, and games. 

Kelly Blanchette, CCLS, The Valerie Fund Children’s Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, said: “The donations will go into our prize bin so that children in the hospital who receive a needle or have a test performed can pick a special prize for being so brave. “

The Coles Kids Care program, sponsored by the JA Coles PTA , was created to give back to those in need in our community throughout the school year. Other programs include Sharing Lunches, a holiday food drive , a clothing and shoe drive, a pet food drive, and a canned food drive.