This article was originally published on the Morris County Focus.

MORRIS COUNTY — A Hero’s Welcome North Jersey made a special trip to the Rockaway Mall on Tuesday, June 8 to provide lunch to the National Guard Unit stationed at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center.

AHW’s North Jersey Director, Rose Pagan of Hasbrouck Heights, coordinates all of the group’s “missions” that range from welcoming troops home at Newark Airport to supporting as many veteran projects as possible.  AHW North Jersey, along with a multitude of volunteers and donations, has been providing meals to the National Guard Units stationed at the Meadowlands, Paramus Veterans Home, and North Bergen Recreation Center for months and upon learning of another Unit stationed in Rockaway, providing lunch to them “in recognition of their dedication and service is our honor”, said Pagan.

Susan DeJessa, Assistant Director, (pictured) of Lake Hiawatha, and Debbie Nunn, of Dover, were AHW’s North Jersey volunteers today.  “We sometimes forget about the men and women who volunteer for our National Guard. They are ready, willing, and able to answer our Country’s call whenever needed.  They train hard and are always available at a moment’s notice.  The Unit here in Rockaway has some of the nicest people I have ever met and we just want them to know how much they are appreciated”, said DeJessa.

The lunch, consisting of 10 pizzas and a huge tray of wings, was graciously donated by Mario’s Famous Pizza of Randolph.  A sweet dessert of fresh-baked cannoli was also donated by AHW volunteer Debbie Nunn.  AHW North Jersey is hoping to provide another lunch in the very near future.  If any local vendors would like to be a part of their next mission, they can reach out by following A Hero’s Welcome North Jersey’s Facebook page.

Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019 both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, Vice Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board and Co-Host of Focus on Business, Cable TV Business Show.


Fred Semrau