Nassan’s Place to host annual holiday celebration Dec. 16

ORANGE, NJ — Nassan’s Place, an autism awareness and family support nonprofit organization, will host its annual holiday celebration at the Orange Elks Lodge 135 on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Founder Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr and her husband, Hassan, founded Nassan’s Place five years ago, after their son, Nassan, was diagnosed with autism. The organization’s motto is “Nassan’s Place can’t stop the diagnosis, but we can help the families affected by it.” For the last five years, it has been working hard to live up to this mission to serve developmentally challenged children and families from traditionally underserved urban areas.

“On Saturday, Dec. 16, Nassan’s Place, in conjunction with the Orange Elks Lodge 135, will be hosting our annual holiday celebration, for children and families affected by autism,” said Wright-Arbubakrr on Friday, Nov. 17. “Our annual toy drive started Nov. 1 and will run to Dec. 16. Toys collected will be distributed at the holiday celebration. As we come to a close to 2017, I would like to thank you for helping to make 2017 the best year to date for Nassan’s Place, as we celebrate five years of helping to enrich and make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism, in and around underserved inner-city communities.”

Nassan’s Place is also in the midst of a long-term fundraising drive to raise $1 million, to purchase a building to serve as a home and base of operations, to allow them to serve even more children and families.

“Your help and tax-deductible donation of holiday treats, unwrapped toys or a monetary donation would be greatly appreciated and will help make the start of this holiday season a memorable and enjoyable day of fun, food, surprises and a visit from Santa,” Wright-Arbubakrr said.

“Due to your support over the last five years, we have been able to help hundreds of children and families affected by autism, in and around under-served inner-city communities, gain access to affordable educational and recreational programs, including an autistic-friendly afterschool program, Saturday inclusion enrichment programs, support groups and workshops, basketball inclusion camps, wellness workshop, annual 5K Walk for Autism, annual Backpack and School Supplies Giveaway,’ ‘Masquerade Celebration,’ sensory friendly movie and skate days, aquatic swim lessons provided by the East Orange Recreation Department, and so much more.

“Once again, thank you for your support and for helping Nassan’s Place continue to enrich and make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism.”

To make a toy donation to Nassan’s Place or support autism awareness at the annual holiday celebration, visit or calling 973-424-7781.