HACKENSACK, N.J. - Members of the New Jersey Police Honor Legion recently celebrated Christmas with patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
The officers last month brought truckloads of gifts, many of which were distributed to pediatric patients and their siblings. The remaining gifts will be used throughout the year to support patient care.
Several vendors also contributed to this year’s celebration, including Hug-A-Me, the face painter from EnCourage Kids; Ike Lester, a sketch artist; Beading Bonnie from Portable Playhouse and Princess Dreams.
HackensackUMC team members also donated gifts for the children.
Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital in Bergen County. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. It was listed as the best hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings. It also was named one of the top four New York metro-area hospitals, and it is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years.
To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.
CUTLINE: Kayden Kinckle, of Englewood, sitting left, a patient at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, receives a gift from Santa Claus. Kayden is joined by his sister, Cherish, during the 6th annual Christmas in July celebration, sponsored by the New Jersey Police Honor Legion. On the far left is Tim Sullivan, former president of the New Jersey Honor Legion and chairman for the 2016 Christmas in July. Richard Locke was Santa Claus and Annette Vaughan was Santa’s elf.