View slideshows of toy donations:
- CareOne Central NJ and Bergen County teams visit Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ
- CareOne Morris County and Massachusetts teams Visits Morristown Memorial Hospital
- CareOne Southern NJ teams visit Vaerie Fund’s Voorhees Outpatient Center
- CareOne Monmouth County Team Visits Monmouth Medical Center
- CareOne Essex County team along with Daniel and Elizabeth Straus visit Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on Christmas Eve
More than 3,000 toys go to New Jersey and New York children with cancer and blood disorder
FORT LEE, N.J. – On Christmas Eve, CareOne employees will complete the last of five special Christmas holiday toy deliveries to the children of the Valerie Fund Children’s Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders. CareOne CEO Daniel E. Straus said that more than 3,000 toys were collected and donated by the CareOne community.
“This is a real testament to the caring nature of the CareOne community,” said Straus. “Our employees, residents, family members of residents and vendors all joined together to make these very special deliveries possible,” he said. “The looks of joy on the faces of the children were absolutely priceless.”
The toys were donated and collected by members of the CareOne community in the 60 CareOne facilities in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. They were delivered by Santa and his elves, along with CareOne helpers, to five Valerie Fund healthcare centers. The centers are New Jersey’s largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders.
Valerie Fund co-founders Ed and Sue Goldstein said, “The outreach by everyone from CareOne was wonderful to witness. It was heartwarming to see the children so happy and excited. We couldn’t be more pleased, and we thank the CareOne community for its strong volunteer and giving spirit.”
The Christmas Eve delivery to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey was preceded in recent days with deliveries and parties at four Valerie Fund centers: Morristown Medical Center, Morristown; Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Voorhees; and Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch.
Earlier this month, CareOne’s Straus announced that the CareOne community will conduct a significant 2014 fundraising campaign to benefit the Valerie Fund. Straus announced then that $10,000 was being donated to the group and pledged that the toys would be delivered to the centers’ children by Christmas.
CareOne is also planning a major fundraising gala during Valentine’s Day week to support The Valerie Fund, as well as, a significant volunteer effort to support the Valerie Fund’s annual Camp Happy Times – an annual free one-week overnight camp experience for children aged 5-21 who have or have had cancer. Nearly 200 children attend each summer.
Each Valerie Fund center is located at a top pediatric hospital within an hour’s drive of most of New Jersey’s population, providing state-of-the-art medical and emotional care in a happy, upbeat, child-centered atmosphere.
Additional CareOne fundraising activities are still in the planning stage and will be announced at a later date, Straus said.
About the Valerie Fund: The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue. The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Families turn to The Valerie Fund because of the unique combination of medical care, counseling, and other services it provides. The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers comprise the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, and one of the largest in the nation. See more at: http://www.thevaleriefund.org/.
About CareOne: With a focus on the highest standards, clinical best practices and strong management principles, CareOne has developed a reputation as a premier health care company in New Jersey. With services that include post-hospital care, rehabilitation, assisted living, long-term care and a variety of clinical specialty programs, CareOne offers compassionate care in gracious, professionally managed centers and communities.