In the spirit of its annual Season of Caring Drive, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) and employees from Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. will distribute Christmas gifts to a group of children who attend the Rahway Community Action Organization (RCAO), a non-profit organization located in Rahway, NJ, that provides support services to children and families in need.

UWGUC’s Season of Caring Drive is an annual initiative that seeks to provide children who reside in Union County, from newborn to age eight with gifts during the holiday season. Every year, UWGUC partners with individuals, local businesses and companies to help fulfill the wishes of children who would not otherwise receive a gift for the holidays. 

“It truly does take a village to raise a child. Our community partners have proven that they are committed to providing opportunities to evoke positive change in the lives of the children and families we serve and for that, we are much obliged. For some what is a small act of generosity, translates to others as a joyous holiday season”, says Aneesha Ghaly, Executive Director at RCAO. The drive began on Nov. 1 and officially ended on Dec. 1. Pick up and drop off of gifts are currently underway until Dec. 22.

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Last year, the drive served 1,000 children all across Union County, NJ, and that number is expected to increase this year.  

“Our Season of Caring initiative speaks to the spirit of giving and drives at the very heart of every Union County resident. We were inspired by last year’s generosity of so many in our community who full-filled the wishes of grateful children all across our county and, are even more encouraged by how much we have been able to achieve thus far,” said James W. Horne, President and CEO at United Way of Greater Union County. To date, the initiative has already secured more than 1,500 gifts for almost 600 children.

Over the years, Season of Caring has become one of UWGUC’s more popular engagement initiatives and this year’s drive have garnered support from companies such as Bed Bath and Beyond, LernerDavid Intellectual Property Law, Genewiz, Eaton, UPS, FedEx, Banana Republic, Merck, NuStar Energy, Infineum, Santander Bank, Roselle Savings Bank and more. 

“As a family law attorney I see the struggles that many families face, especially during the holidays," says Nicole Kobis, Esq., Lindabury, P.C.  “I am so grateful for our partnership with the United Way and for the overwhelming support from the Lindabury family, who is always happy to lend a hand to those in need. What a great way to begin the holiday season.” Westfield's  Lindabury P.C., also partnering to fulfill holiday wishes, will help distribute gifts to which they’ve donated, to an already pre-selected group of children beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 19 at the Rahway Community Action Organization. 

Photos from Season of Caring are posted regularly on the United Way Facebook page: United Way of Greater Union County and can also be viewed on the organization’s website at uwguc.org.

For more information, please contact Melanie McLaurin, Director of Marketing, United Way of Greater Union County at 908-353-7171, ext. 104 or by email at melanie.mclaurin@uwguc.org.

About United Way of Greater Union County

United Way of Greater Union County fights for the education, financial stability, health and family strengthening of residents in Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield. Since 1969, UWGUC has been working to improve the lives of the residents by collaborating with nonprofit agencies, businesses, government officials, individuals, and volunteers to create positive sustainable change in the community. Today, United Way is a preeminent community-based leader, partner, and investment choice in these communities, serving 40 non-profit agencies and four Family Success Centers in the county.