Enjoy the FCNJ Virtual Banquet VIDEO highlighting the 5 car parades which visited Livingston, Short Hills/Millburn, West Orange, Caldwells and Morristown. Thank you to the police, fire and ambulance and all the volunteers who brought smiles to the faces of so many families!
Thank you Johanna Ginsberg and NJJN | New Jersey Jewish News for capturing the excitement of the FCNJ – Friendship Circle car parades!
On Sunday morning, May 10, 13-year-old Shai Nissel, who has a brain injury, and his family gathered outside their West Orange home. First they heard the wail of the sirens, then caught a glimpse of a caravan of cars, vans, police cruisers, ambulances, and fire trucks making their way to their house.
In decorated vehicles, volunteers held up signs, cheered, and called Shai’s name. Ruby Schechner, 21, dressed as Cookie Monster, threw mini chocolate chip cookies to the Nissels from her family’s festive convertible, with blue, orange, green, and purple balloons taped to the doors. Soon after, there was a car featuring two dogs with their heads out of the windows; another was draped in brightly colored squares and rainbow flags and with volunteers wearing sequin hats and Mardi Gras beads, holding signs that said “Love.” Police officers, pleased to be part of a celebration instead of breaking one up, waved and blared their sirens.
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A traveling caravan toured West Orange Sunday, organized by a nonprofit which aims to foster friendships for children and adults with special needs.
Friendship Circle says children with developmental disabilities have been hit particularly hard by social distancing measures and the disruption to their daily lives and routines.
Officials say they hope the parade will show support for people with special needs and their families and serve as a point of civic pride for the town.
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