An annual birthday tradition

Matt McDermott delivers a check for $500 to development officer Janice Kriegman.

Matt McDermott’s donations to Matheny have become a yearly tradition. The Basking Ridge resident asks those attending his birthday party every year to bring a toy, game or money to donate to a worthy cause. This year, the toys and games were given to the Neighborhood House in Morristown, and McDermott, a seventh grader at the Delbarton School in Morristown, presented a $500 check to Matheny to be used to supplement Matheny’s recreation therapy budget.

McDermott also has formed a group called Athletes in Motion, designed to raise funds for special athletes in the community. Matheny’s recreation therapy program provides our students and patients with a variety of recreation opportunities and resources to improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being.

Pool party presents

Matt McDermott and Matheny student Nicholas Barros.

Matt McDermott’s gifts of toys and games to Matheny students have become an annual tradition.

This year, the fifth grader at Mount Prospect School in Basking Ridge, NJ,  asked guests coming to his family’s pool party to donate the toys and games, and then he and his mother visited Matheny to present them.

Thanks, Matt!