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Celebrating Our 135th Anniversary
In celebration of our 135th anniversary in 2019, we've planned a year-long initiative of giving back to our local community. We want to make a positive difference in the community that has supported us and made our success possible over the past 135 years.
Each month during 2019, we will contribute 135 needed items to a charitable organization serving our area.
- In January, we kicked off our anniversary celebration by donating 135 buckets of household cleaning supplies to Fisherman’s Mark Food Pantry in Lambertville. The Food Pantry provides food, health and household supplies to local residents in need. The buckets were assembled by volunteers from our staff and presented to Jennifer Williford, the Volunteer Coordinator at Fisherman’s Mark, on January 25.
- In February, we donated 135 packs of diapers to the United Way of Hunterdon County's Diaper Bank. The Diaper Bank helps to ensure that local families and individuals have an adequate supply of infant diapers and adult incontinence products. It also raises community awareness about the need for these products and advocates for policy reform to include infant diapers and adult incontinence products as a “basic human need” for families in Hunterdon County. Accepting the donation on behalf of the United Way was Caroline Scutt, Communications & Community Impact Director.
- In March, we donated 135 animal care items to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in North Branch. The assortment of items included pet bed mats, pet bed heating pads, throw blankets, kitten milk replacer, and many flavors of extra-large durable dog chews. Accepting on behalf of St. Hubert's were Center manager Pam Fyfe, Bryan Phoden, and Rocco the dog.
- In April, we donated 135 ten-dollar ShopRite gift card to the Dr. Orlie Pell Fund for distribution to Hunterdon County residents in need. The gift cards will be distributed by the Hunterdon County Division of Social Services and will be designated for use during emergent times, such as when the local food pantry is closed. The mission of the Dr. Orlie Pell Fund is the help County residents in financial crisis who are not eligible for other public assistance programs. Susan Hoffman, president of the Dr. Orlie Pell Fund, accepted the gift cards along with Wayne Hunt, Treasurer, Susan Nekola, Division Head of Social Services, and Barbara Sabo, Secretary.
- In May, we donated 135 bundles of personal care items to Family Promise of Hunterdon County. The bundles included 135 bottles of laundry detergent, 135 tubes of sunscreen, 135 bottles of hand soap, 135 tubes of body lotion, 135 bottles of acetaminophen, 135 bottles of ibuprofen, and 135 boxes of bandages. In addition to serving as a homeless shelter, Family Promise advocates for homeless families and individuals and guides them to self-sufficiency and permanent housing by mobilizing the community to provide compassionate care, services and professional support. Accepting the donation on behalf of Family Promise were Board Chair Maggie D'Aversa and Executive Director Angela Fields, along with Josy Ketenbaum and Pam Nemeth of the Flemington Jewish Community Center, one of the host congregations that assists Family Promise in providing temporary shelter for homeless individuals and families.