New Jersey District honors veterans
By JULIENNE NICOLE VALDEZ and MARK ANDRO T. MILAN
Date Posted: November 29, 2020
Honoring the former US military officers who live at Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 4290, Iglesia Ni Cristo members from the Ecclesiastical District of New Jersey held an Aid to Humanity event at New Milford, New Jersey on October 30, 2020.
The VFW Post 4290 “serves the community and veterans and helping them come back. And if they’ve been in a conflict overseas, to acclimate back into society and help with any health or legal or issues of surviving, coming back from such a traumatic experience,” said John Norman, Post Commander.
Led by the district supervising minister, Brother Alex Reyes, the ministers, ministerial workers, and brethren distributed care packages, including non-perishable food items and hygiene supplies, while strictly observing health and safety protocols.
Also present in the event are community leaders from surrounding towns. They presented a certificate of recognition for the Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, acknowledging his leadership and the many community service projects and humanitarian efforts of the Church. They also declared October 31, 2020 as Iglesia Ni Cristo day.
Arvin Amatorio, Mayor of Bergenfield, New Jersey, said, “It’s very important that we do this in our community so that we can continue to foster camaraderie and spiritedness and community not just here in the United States but throughout the world.”
Upon knowing the brethren conducted the activity a day before Brother Eduardo Manalo’s birthday, New Milford Mayor Michael Putrino said, “Members of this part of New Jersey, are shown to be celebrating with tremendous care and compassion to humanity by reaching out to those who are in need. I want to say thank you very much, thank you for choosing New Milford or VFW post as your home and thank you for all that you’re doing for our community. I know that you have provided lunches and foods at our long-term care facility, and now you’re providing care packages for veterans. And I just want to thank you for helping our community and I wish you all the success in everything that you do.” — With reports from INC News Section