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For Release: December 12, 2007
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New Brunswick Housing Authority Hosts 5th Annual Big Chill Santa Toy Giveaway

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) – The New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) held
its 5th Annual Big Chill Santa Toy Giveaway today, to begin distributing more than 3,200 new toys to the children of the New Brunswick Housing Authority and other service partners. Toys will be distributed to NBHA families while additional toys will be donated to other New Brunswick public housing sites, the Franklin Township Housing Authority, the State of New Jersey’s Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS) and the Shelter for Battered Women and Children.

       All toys were donated through the generosity of Rutgers University students, faculty, and local residents who participated in Rutgers University’s 5th Annual Big Chill 5K Run/Walk on December 8, 2007. The race drew at least 2,700 participants and over 3,200 toys.

       John Clarke, NBHA Executive Director stated, “For the fifth year in a row, the children of our City’s public housing developments will benefit from the kindness of Rutgers University students, faculty and local residents. I am truly grateful that the spirit of giving during this holiday season is alive and well throughout the entire Rutgers community and within the City of New Brunswick. On behalf of all the children that will be receiving these gifts, I would like to thank everyone that participated in the Big Chill event for their effort and generosity. ”

       The Big Chill is a unique charitable event that was created by the Rutgers University Recreational Services Department back in 2003. There is neither a registration fee nor a requirement to raise funds. Instead participants are asked to bring a new toy for a child between the ages of 4 and 14. In only its fifth year, the Big Chill 5K Run/Walk had over 2,700 participants (1,800 more than its inaugural year of 2003) who donated over 3,200 presents (2,200 more than the first year).

       According to Rutgers University Associate Dean of Recreational Services Diane Bonanno, “The hard work that my staff and all the volunteers achieved in planning to create a successful event was well worth it on race day. The outpouring of generosity by the event participants through all their donations was incredible. I truly am proud to be a part of this charitable event.”

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