MHS Drama Collects Gifts for Patients Living with AIDS.
Drama Clubs 'Millburn Cares' delivers gifts, performs for AIDS/HIV nursing home in Newark.
Millburn High School's Drama Club has continued its efforts to help residents at Broadway House, a nursing home for AIDS/HIV patients in Newark, this season with a holiday drive and concert.
Drama Club students and English teacher Suzanne Snyder, who founded "Millburn Cares" 10 years ago, spearheaded a Care Drive, collecting more than 200 gifts for the 150 residents at Broadway House.
The students wrapped and delivered the gifts on Saturday, Dec. 10, and sang holiday songs for the residents for about an hour.
“They don't do this for the limelight, rather they do this out of a tradition of caring," Mrs. Snyder said. "Every year when I go to Broadway House in Newark with the drama club I am reminded how to love purely and care unconditionally for human beings for the simple reason we all need someone, sometime, somewhere in our lives.”
The Drama Club put large gift-wrapped boxes around school for teachers and students to donate gifts that would make someone less fortunate feel special on Christmas morning. From Oct. 30 to Dec. 2 students collected a variety of gifts such as perfume, cologne, costume jewelry, handbags, wallets, etc.
The students involved were Erin Hernon, Julia Silverstein, Chandler Blasini, Alyse Binder, Bradley Bunn, Cynthia Mustafa, Elenor Konrad, Chris McHugh, Aanchal Sahay, Ambika Chetal, Charley Wolfe, and Leonard Santos.
At Monday's Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. James Crisfield praised the students and the gift drive, saying the giving of their time and performance at Broadway House, showed the content of their character.