‘Tis the season to give! More than 1200 family members and children received gifts at the 3rd Annual Hoboken Christmas Exchange. The community partnered to make the holidays memorable for 1,000 families in need. 150 volunteers helped to deliver red-filled Santa-esque sacks of presents.
The conception of the event started three years ago when one church attendee decided to spread joy to families. In 2014, Kara Cohen of Hoboken loaded a U-Haul with her husband and in-laws and distributed gifts to families at the Hoboken Housing Authority.
“I have been loved unconditionally and maybe others will feel that they are loved the same way by our God as a result of this event,” she said.
“Children will open clothes, toys and other items from their wish list on Christmas morning while parents received much needed household items like pots and pans, bedding and toiletries, diapers and towels,” said Anthony Reimer, Outreach Director at Hoboken Grace.