WEST ORANGE, NJ - The generosity of the Washington Elementary School community was evident as students and staff completed their twelfth year of participation in Operation Santa.

The Fifth Grade Student Council visited each classroom to introduce the program, which collects toiletries, warm unisex clothing, and other personal items for the mentally ill living alone in boarding homes. All items go to NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) of Essex County, NJ.

Staff and students all donated one item, which were collected on Dec. 10 for delivery to NAMI.

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