Area Teen Delivers Gifts to Jefferson Health – New Jersey Patients in Honor of Late Brother for 10th Year Straight

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

Shown is DJ (right) presenting a $1,000 check to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital VP of Operations Autum Shingler-Nace, DNP, RN, NE-BC. Photo credit: Jefferson Health New Jersey.

TURNERSVILLE, N.J. – DJ Alexis, a 19-year-old college student, continued his annual tradition of delivering toys, books, and games to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital for young Emergency Department and Pediatric Unity patients as well as kids and teens who receive care through Jefferson’s New Jersey-based Behavioral Health program on Monday, December 20.

A native of Sicklerville, Alexis also presented a $1,000 check to the hospital, collected through his own efforts via a GoFundMe drive. Donations were made by friends, family, schoolmates, his alma mater and businesses that have contributed over the years.

This is the 10th year Alexis has organized what he calls “Emanuel’s Annual Toy Drive,” held in honor of his late newborn brother, Emanuel, who died at the hospital during the holiday season in 2006.

The toy drive has provided more than 1,000 gifts during the holidays over the past 10 years.

Alexis is a sophomore studying public health at American University in Washington, D.C.

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