Each year since 2001, the Community Cancer Support Group, with the help of members of our community, provides gifts and toys for children who are receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders. By providing opportunities to observe and celebrate special events, the Cancer Support Group helps these families maintain a sense of normalcy. Intensive medication, frequent clinic visits, and hospitalizations all pose challenges and take a toll on families both emotionally and financially. By providing opportunities to observe and celebrate the holidays, you can help many families to maintain a sense of normalcy. None of this would be possible without the generosity of the people in our community. This year, the Community Cancer Support Group is happy and grateful to be teaming up with members of the Bayonne Police Department. Police officers are lending some much-needed manpower to the toy and gift drive, as well as transportation to the hospitals for the deliveries.   The Cancer Support Group will also be holding a music event put together by Arnold Valentino, founder of “All for One,” at Buttero’s, 184 Broadway, Bayonne, on Saturday December 22nd at 10:00 p.m. Details can be found on his Facebook page under events.

The Community Cancer Support Group is asking community members to lend their support by donating gifts and toys for infants, toddlers, school-age children, and young teens. The Support Group brings gifts and toys to children being treated for cancer at area hospitals that treat pediatric oncology patients.  The hospitals include Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Hackensack University Hospital, Robert-Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Peter’s University Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Children Hospital.  Gifts and toys will also go to special needs preschools and our local Emergency Room and Neighbor Family Clinic.

Suggested new items, which would be much appreciated, include art and craft items and clothing items such as sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves, pajamas, socks, sporting goods, music, board games, and gift cards. If you would like to make a donation this season, look for the drive’s donation boxes in various businesses, government offices, and financial institutions. If you would like more information about the  drive, you can contact the Support Group at (201) 823-9980.