Berkeley College Middlesex Campus Holds Toy Drive for Children's Hospital in New Brunswick


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Berkeley College students at the Middlesex Campus in Woodbridge, NJ, are making it their mission to brighten the holiday season for others. The Berkeley Association of Peer Assistance Leaders (BAPAL), a club that focuses on leadership, mentorship and community service, is holding a toy drive for the patients at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.
“The students, faculty and staff at the Berkeley College Middlesex Campus have been extremely generous in supporting this club initiative,” said Berkeley College student and BAPAL President Jasmine Arellano of Spotswood, NJ, who has been involved with the club for two years. “The patients at the hospital have had a difficult year, and we can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces when we deliver the toys.”
Later this month, club officers and advisors dressed as Santa and his elves will deliver the toys to the hospital. They also will have an opportunity to spend time with the patients, who range in age from infants to teens.
The students held fundraising events during November and December, netting almost $700 that was used to purchase additional toys. The club served homemade food at a spaghetti luncheon and also sold bagels donated by Knot Just Bagels in Woodbridge, NJ, to raise money.
“As the largest club on campus, BAPAL is in a position to set a good example for others on campus and in the community at-large,” said Berkeley College Personal Counselor, Middlesex Campus, and Club Advisor Alyson Pompeo. “Their selflessness and motivation to help others is really what the holiday season is all about.”
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. And in New Jersey there are four locations — Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is

Photo Caption: Berkeley College student and Secretary of the Berkeley Association of Peer Assistance Leaders (BAPAL) Karen Cruz of Woodbridge serves food during a spaghetti luncheon to support the purchase of toys for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.
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