Dear friends and neighbors:
I am involved in two initiatives this week that are targeted at helping vulnerable youth in situations where they do not have the means to help themselves.  I am hoping that you will support me in both cases to help improve the lives of young people.
I am raising money and volunteering with Together We Rise this Saturday (12/15) to take teenagers in foster care on a shopping spree for Christmas.  I hope you will consider supporting me!  Please click on my Tiffanie for Teens fundraising page to learn more and to donate! Every dollar you can spare, even if it is just $5, will go a long way to bringing joy this Christmas!  My goal is to raise $500 to support five teens for Christmas.
Remember when you were a teen?  Or do you have a teen in your life who you love?  Think about the joy you felt or your teen felt when you got those shoes or t-shirt or video games or cd's (or cassette tapes... :) ) as gifts.  Teens in foster care often do not get to have those experiences, but this Saturday, because of Together We Rise, an amazing organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care, teens in the NYC area will.  I will be joining other volunteers to spend time with and help these teens on a $100 holiday shopping spree at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn!  The teens will have the opportunity to spend money on Christmas gifts for themselves and those they love, a blessing they may not otherwise get to do.  And all made possible by donations from people like you.   
I am honored to be the moderator for this important event tomorrow night by the “Broken Silence Movement” at the Hoboken Historical Museum at 7PM. 
The event is both encore screenings of two anti-bullying short films as well as a Q&A with a panel of speakers which includes a young man who will tell his story of thankfully surviving a bullying driven suicide attempt.  Bullying affects all of us.  As adults, we are much better equipped with the mental and emotional resources to respond.  But our children have not had enough life experiences to be able to effectively handle bullying when it happens.  It is up to us adults to step in and do what we can to end it.  And this event will give you more insight on what we can all do - whether we have children or not.
I have seen these short films, produced by my friend, Hoboken native and anti-bullying advocate Frank Gigante, and the messages are important and powerful.  Frank is seeking support for his next projects which include another anti-bullying short film addressing mental illness and the effect of social media, and a children’s anti-bullying storybook.  Please click this LINK to learn more and ways you can contribute to his continuing anti-bullying initiatives.
Thank you for reading and considering to support these important initiatives that will help our youth.  As always, if you have any questions or want to discuss this or anything else, please feel free to email me at or call me at 201/208-1674.  And please share this with anyone you think might be interested in hearing about these initiatives.  
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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