More than 800 men, women, and children celebrated and honored people with special needs by taking part in the annual Friendship Circle Walk and Carnival on October 24. The annual day raises funds for Friendship Circle programming.
For many participants, this was the first time they were back at LifeTown to celebrate since the pandemic began in early 2020. It was a great opportunity to sit outdoors and catch up with friends.
The many activities for children included train and pony rides, face-painting, carnival games, sand art, and jumping in bouncy houses. Hatzolah of West Orange and Livingston was on hand and gave tours of its ambulance.
In addition to the in-person carnival festivities, people also participated in the FC walk by strolling in their own neighborhoods and continuing to raise awareness of the unique abilities and contributions individuals with special needs make in the community. So far, more than $175,000 has been raised for Friendship Circle’s expanded slate of programming.