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Posted: Friday January 3, 2014, 1:37 PM
Helping Hands: CareOne donates more than 3,000 toys for Christmas
By Bergen.com

On Christmas Eve, CareOne employees completed the last of five 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,” Straus said. “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. 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.

“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” said Valerie Fund co-founders Ed and Sue Goldstein.

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.

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.

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