FANWOOD, NJ -- The picture says it all: it is better to give than to receive.

Young Miles Goldberg and his mom (photo above) expressed the joy of participating in the Fanwood police department's annual Giving Tree on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and their generosity is an inspiration to FPD.

"Thanks for making my son miles feel so special when he came by today to drop off gifts," Sara Goldberg wrote on the Fanwood police Facebook page. "He feels so proud that he is a special 'police helper' with his badge."

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"This year, we are seeing kids making the donations in numbers we've never seen before," said Dianne Howarth, administrative assistant to Chief Richard Trigo. "We put up the tree and posted on Facebook last week, and the ornaments are almost all gone."

Howarth said that she saw a car pull up to Fanwood Borough Hall and two girls ran out to take gift request ornaments. The girls told her that last year they went too late (all the ornaments were gone) and were disappointed not to be able to participate. This year, they made sure to take the tags earlier. 

"The kids hand me the gifts with the biggest smiles on their faces. I've been doing this tree for years, but this year it's the kids who have responded," Howarth said. "I've had about 15 kids Miles' age come to give gifts."

Howarth said that she and Chief Trigo take the effort seriously and personally.

"Before I got here, the department never had a Giving Tree. The chief immediately supported it; he and his wife participate. Of all the things I do here, this is my favorite."

If you want to contribute to the Fanwood police department's Giving Tree, act quickly because there are only five ornaments left. The tree is located outside Borough Hall on North Martine Ave.

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