GREEN BROOK, NJ — Danny Paltjon, a 1994 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School, received so much support from family, friends and neighbors after a baseball injury left him paralyzed from the chest down, that he decided to pay back the kindness.
Paltjon started selling Christmas trees from a family lot at 235a Greenbrook Road to benefit local children with medical issues and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Paltjon has raised more than $30,000 over the past seven years through the sale of Christmas trees, with the money going to the children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish continues to provide some amazing trips. Brian Marsh, a former tree fundraiser recipient diagnosed in 2010, excitedly said he decided on a trip to Disney.
The trees, ranging from 6 feet to 10 feet, need a home. On Dec. 1, 2 and 3, the yard at 235a Greenbrook Road will turn into a Christmas wonderland with music, a bonfire, coffee, hot chocolate and food. The atmosphere of the tree lot is worth experiencing. They serve egg nog and sandwiches, blast Chrstimas tunes from a sound system, and Santa Claus even makes an appearance. People don't just buy a tree and leave, they stay and join in the festivities.
This year’s sale will benefit one year old Declan and eight month old Domenica.
Last year, they raised over $9,500 and were able to give three children $1,800 each. A fourth family received $600 for a specific item they needed, Make A Wish received over $2200 and Oceans of Hope Foundation, another Paltjon charity, received 2 new surfboards that total over $1000.
Need a tree? Go to 235a Greenbrook Road.
Friday 5-9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m - 9 p.m
Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
In 2013, WPIX covered the sale. To see the WPIX piece go to :