The Saddle River Day Community Gives to Those in Need

Gretchen Lee

"We often equate charity with visiting the sick, taking food to those in need, or sharing our excess with those who are less fortunate. But really, true charity is much, much more. Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again."                                                      Marvin J. Ashton

The SRDS community took time to embark on student-led projects during the holiday season that shared with those who are less fortunate. A special "toy train" was built a number of years ago by the Upper School Boys Basketball Team at that time, and was filled to overflowing this year. The team delivered toys in person to the New City Kids in Paterson on December 19th. The mission of New City Kids is to help underprivileged kids by  "loving kids for change to create a community of academic, leadership, musical, and spiritual development" through a variety of special programs.

In addition, our annual mitten tree and pajama drive was again a success. The items were delivered to OASIS - A Haven for Women & Children, also in Paterson. The mission of OASIS is to "change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need."

Our mission at SRDS is to inspire "caring and ethical citizens." Let us all be grateful during this season and all year long.