Vero Amici Donates $5,000, Followed by 50 Turkeys, to the Local Assistance Board and it's Caldwell Food Pantry
CALDWELL / WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Vero Amici for Charity announced that, on Monday, their philanthropic group purchased 50 turkeys for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Local Assistance Board. The Board's Caldwell Food Pantry was in dire need as it is in the process of providing Thanksgiving meals for many area families.
Vero Amici's Thanksgiving gift comes on top of the $5000 check which the men's group had already given to the board on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Currently, about 84 families make use of local assistance on a monthly basis. For Thanksgiving, the food pantry is expecting to make up over 120 baskets for those who are not able to provide the traditional holiday dinner for their families.
In the past seven years, Vero Amici has donated over 400 turkeys to Caldwell's food pantry and has donated $35,000 to help keep the food bank stocked throughout the year.
At the Nov. 13 gathering, Vero Amici's President Joseph Garamella presented the Board Director Maria Burak with the substantial donation. Also present for the occasion was West Caldwell's Board Chair Rose Marie Jackie DeBonis. Garamella recounted to the audience how, seven years ago, Burak had contacted Vero Amici requesting 50 turkeys just a few days before Thanksgiving. The men went to Shop Rite and delivered Burak 50 turkeys that day, and thus the tradition began.
"You do not realize how many people cannot afford a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving right here in the West Essex community," Garamella commented. "We're not talking inner cities, we're talking right here in our own backyards. When we got her the turkeys, it was then that she told us
The assistance board is involved with many aspects of the community's welfare. As she accepted the donation, Burak described how the board had just helped a single mom with three kids stay in their home. Community groups, area schools, local scouts and religious organizations all help to provide food donations for the pantry.
Yesterday, despite the many turkey donations the food pantry had already received, Burak again notified Vero Amici that many more were needed.
"Yesterday, Maria Burak called to say that the pantry
Burak explained the Local Assistance Board donations are used to provide emergency assistance to people.
"If someone's lights get turned off, for instance,
Garamella expressed that part of Vero Amici's mission as a charity is to help promote local awareness of those in the community who are in need.
"We are here to make the community aware that
Donations to the Local Assistance Board and Caldwell Food Pantry may be mailed or delivered to the following address:
Local Assistance Board
14 Park Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Vero Amici for Charity was established in December, 2005, by local men from the West Essex community. The mission of Vero Amici, which translates to "True Friends," is to raise money through charitable contributions that are dedicated for children, citizens with disabilities, senior citizens and under-privileged youths who need medical or financial assistance and to promote local awareness in our communities. The values of Vero Amici come from the individuals that make up their association. These individuals are compassionate, committed and most importantly, caring.
Food Pantry Donations Welcome at 4th Annual Notre Dame Youth Ministry Sleepout for the Homeless, 8pm to 8am, Saturday, Nov. 22; 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - For the fourth year, the Youth Ministry of Notre Dame Church will be spending a cold night sleeping outside on the front lawn of the church in the hope of bringing awareness to homelessness and hunger. The event will take place this weekend at 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell, and area residents are encouraged to stop by with donations for the Caldwell Food Pantry.
The teens will be outside from 8pm, Saturday evening until 8am, Sunday morning, Nov 22 and 23.
Food Pantry Donations Needed
Nearby the front yard camp-out are shopping carts waiting for the donations. The teens will come pick up any items from a car and bring them over to the carts. The following non-perishable food items, hygiene necessities and household supplies are currently in demand at the Caldwell Food Pantry:
The Notre Dame Parish Communications Director Terrie Michaels explained the the group spends the entire evening outside in sleeping bags, sheltered by large cardboard boxes. During the month after Hurricaine Sandy, the teens instead took the time period to stay up all evening baking and then delivered the items the next morning to churches down the shore.
"It's really a great experience and the
Pastor: Rev. Anthony Randazzo
359 Central Ave.
North Caldwell NJ 07006
Notre Dame Parish is a community of more than 1900 families in Western Essex County. They are a Christian Community of the Roman Catholic tradition, serving the town of North Caldwell and the wider West Essex Community.
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, 9am to 2pm, Saturday, Nov. 22; 326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
by Lauren Restaino
CALDWELL, NJ - It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning colors, the night air is getting cooler and families are making their holiday plans. Unfortunately, too many families cannot plan their holiday. They are too busy wondering how they are going to put food on the table for the rest of the week but we can help.
The Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive takes place on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9am to 2pm in the circular driveway at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell. The church is located at 326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell.
Food Donations Needed
Please help by donating a turkey. Other nonperishable foods donations needed are:
Many of our local grocery stores are giving turkeys to those who spend a certain amount. Families can donate their free turkey or purchase an extra one to donate. Last year, the Caldwell community helped over 250 families celebrate the holidays. We hope to help at least that many families once again. The NJ FoodBank uses all donations to assist NJ families who would otherwise have no means to provide a holiday meal. When sitting down to dinner tonight, please think about those families and help out on Nov. 22.
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell
Senior Pastor: Dr. Richard N. Sommers
326 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNow.com Published 11:10am
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh - Essex Chapter has teamed up with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to support their Food Pantry on Main Street in West Orange. The pantry supplies Christine's Kitchen which is a program that serves free hot lunches at the church weekly.
The summer can be a challenging time for the food pantry and the families that they support as donations usually drop while the number of people they serve continues to grow. One reason for the greater need is because the children who are usually fed two meals a day through school programs turn to the pantry to be fed during the summer months.
The Shillelagh Club is using the site "Amp Your Good" to enable the community to purchase specifically requested foods which will be delivered directly to the pantry. Those interested in making a donation should click online here.
"We only have a short period of time left until this campaign comes to an end," commented Shillelagh Club President Scott Harrington, of Verona.
Click Here to make a Purchase to be Sent Directly to the Food Bank
The Shillelagh Club, Essex County Division, was founded in October 1967 by Irish leaders John Cryan, Bart Dougherty and Harry Knox. In 1971, the Essex Division of the Friendly Sons purchased the existing club building which was then known as the West Orange Women’s Club. The Friendly Sons is an Irish-American social and charitable organization dedicated to the purpose of promoting and enhancing the fraternity and good fellowship of its membership. The organization is non-sectarian and non-political and is located at 648 Prospect Avenue in West Orange, N.J.
Amp Your Good is a social networking site designed to help people and organizations Amplify their Good so that their good intentions have the greatest impact.