ALLENDALE, N.J. — The Allendale First Responders received handcrafted bags of treats on Oct. 16 from Paramus' Operation Goody Bag, a nonprofit organization dedicated to thanking first responders and soldiers for their services.
U.S. Army Veteran Joseph Chinnici delivered the bags to the police department after he helped create them on Oct. 14 at the Paramus Elks Lodge.
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."
Operation Goody Bag 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 .
Chinnici — also a former student of Cosco — joined Operation Goody Bag as a volunteer with his friends, family, coworkers and fellow Rotarians after settling into civilian life.
"It's been a great way to give back to a great organization," he said.
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