MRT Social Action: Repairing the World in So Many Ways!

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A few of the recipients of MRT’s annual Christmas gift donation, led by Cheryl Gaudette and her merry elves. Fifty one families from Family Resource Associates, who wouldn’t have gotten presents, received gifts from our generous MRT members. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve day, the FRA van delivered the gifts to the families, many children with developmental and physical disabilities.



Diapers generously donated from MRT members were delivered to the Jersey Shore Dream Center for families in need. Pictured: Jill Austin, Ilana Gaudette and Cheryl Gaudette.


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MRT member Dean Ross has lead a group of people to install bike lights for local residents who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. Most recently the group, which includes congregants from St. Anthony’s Church in Red Bank, installed more than 120 lights to ensure the safety of local residents on the road at night. The Shine A Light Program started last year and continues to grow with enthusiasm and support. Kudos to Dean and the others!



Children at the Jersey Shore Medical Center NICU received knitted items from Monmouth Reform Temple’s Knitting Club. Knitted caps and blankets were brought to Courtney Russamano, who coordinates parent support programs at the Neonatal intensive care unit and is also a family coordinator through March of Dimes at other hospitals with NICU units. Little Victoria on the right was a 25 week (one pound) preemie with multiple health challenges who is a true miracle at almost two. Her sister Elizabeth is on the left. The Knitting Club was started by MRT member Lynn Shapiro on Mitzvah Day last May and continues throughout the year. (Photo Credit: Jersey Shore Medical Center NICU.)