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Paramus First Responders Receiving Thanks In Goody Bags

Volunteers gather for a photo after packing goody bags at the Paramus Elks Lodge on Oct. 14. Photo Credit: Joseph Chinnici
March goody bags went to American soldiers. Photo Credit: Joseph Chinnici
Soldiers with sweet teeth were in luck. Photo Credit: Joseph Chinnici
Goodybags are ready for delivery, thanks to a group of volunteers. Photo Credit: FACEBOOK Operation Goodybag page

PARAMUS, N.J. — Volunteers packed into the Paramus Elks Lodge on Oct. 14 to fulfill Operation Goodybags' mission to thank local first responders with treats and hand-written notes.

The nonprofit organization was founded after 9/11 by Paramus resident Jane Cosco. The East Brook Middle School teacher organized school activities that raised thousands of dollars for the Paramus Fire Department, Ambulance Corps, Police Department, Rescue Squad, and K-9 Rescue Dogs .

Cosco's former student, Joseph Chinnici, was deployed in Guantanamo Bay for "Operation Enduring Freedom" in 2011 when his entire unit received goody bags from the organization.

"It was a great treat for all of us to receive a special gift while serving," the veteran said. "It reminded us why we were there, to protect and serve our nation and community."

Chinnici joined Operation Goodybag as a volunteer with his friends, family, coworkers and fellow Rotarians after settling into civillian life.

"It's been a great way to give back to a great organization," he said.

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