Monthly E-newsletter                                              December 2014

Thank you for your continued support of PEI Kids! We have exciting news for you this month.

Holiday Appeal


Since 1985, PEI Kids has helped a generation of young people grow up to be safe, strong, and free. In this time, we have been privileged to touch the lives of over 300,000 children and the adults in their lives.


As we enter our 30th year of service, we take pride in knowing that the community has entrusted us to provide a respite for families in crisis and restore a sense of well-being for some of our most vulnerable children and at-risk teens. Community support has been vital to our success and although support comes in many different forms, your charitable donations make a great impact on sustaining this very important work.


Consider supporting us, especially this giving Tuesday (December 2, 2014), by donating to our holiday appeal. No matter how large or small, your donation goes a long way to support our mission and help the children of Mercer County. Thank you for your generous support.

CJOOS Thanksgiving Celebration  


Rob Fiorello (2nd from right) and the TCNJ Bonners volunteer at the CJOOS Thanksgiving Celebration


Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the United States where families gather to show gratitude and spend quality time over a large festive meal. Imagine hearing a group of kids say "It's just not a big deal to my family." 14 years ago, PEI Kids CJOOS Director Rob Fiorello asked his group how they felt about the upcoming holiday and that was the response. Shocked by their response, he decided to have a Thanksgiving celebration for the CJOOS (Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services) participants. "I couldn't let it go," says Rob. "Everyone deserves to celebrate the holidays." CJOOS participants enjoyed the event so much he repeated it again for Christmas. Since then, these two celebrations have become program rituals held the Saturday before each holiday.


This year's Thanksgiving celebration was held on Saturday, November 22. The 78 attendees, included PEI Kids staff, TCNJ Bonners, local law enforcement, past and present program participants and their families. The Thanksgiving spread included turkeys, hams, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, greens, and more -- all prepared over the course of three days by Rob, staff, and volunteers. Some of the teens engaged in a friendly game of basketball, while others spent time talking with the Bonners and staff. Everyone had a good time.


As the food was blessed, the teens spoke of loved ones who passed away and things that they were grateful for. "The most important goal of the Thanksgiving dinner is for the participants to have a personal experience dedicated to them, something that they truly deserve. We are a family," says Rob, and he intends on making sure the CJOOS participants know that, especially around the holidays. For more information about our CJOOS Program, please visit our website at or contact Rob Fiorello at

Get Involved  


The leaves have turned and the air has chilled. Wouldn't you like to bring some holiday cheer to a boy or girl this year? PEI Kids is accepting hats, scarves, toys, and a variety of items for the children in our programs. Click here to see their wish lists and feel free to donate any item you can. Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness. Happy holidays from your PEI Kids family!

In This Issue
Holiday Appeal
Donor Spotlight
Program Spotlight
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PEI Kids is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids works with the child, family, and caregiver to provide prevention, intervention and advocacy programs relating to personal safety, sexual abuse, and the overall well-being of the child.