Roselle Volunteers Help Families in Need This Thanksgiving

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ROSELLE—The Borough of Roselle recently sponsored a holiday food giveaway to help Roselle families in need. On Nov. 22, dozens of residents came to Borough Hall to receive a turkey, gift certificates and non-perishable food items.

Jackie Mitchell, executive director of the Roselle Collaborative for Youth and Families, and Second Ward Councilwoman Sylvia Turnage participate in the first-annual holiday meal program at Roselle Borough Hall. Volunteers distributed nearly 70 free holiday feasts to borough residents in need on Nov. 22.

Jackie Mitchell, executive director of the Roselle Collaborative for Youth and Families, and Second Ward Councilwoman Sylvia Turnage participate in the first-annual holiday meal program at Roselle Borough Hall. Volunteers distributed nearly 70 free holiday feasts to borough residents in need on Nov. 22.

The borough facilitated the food drive at no cost to taxpayers. All items were donated by local grocery stores and other area businesses. Local churches and other community organizations were contacted to identify families in need.

“There were many individuals and families in Roselle who needed help this holiday season and didn’t know where to turn,” said Second Ward Councilwoman Sylvia Turnage. “We wanted to do something to help, but we didn’t want to spend any taxpayer dollars, so we decided to reach out to local businesses and see what they could do to lend a hand.”

The National Council of Negro Women, the Roselle Collaborative for Youth and Families and the United Way partnered with the borough in this effort. Representatives from Brand New Day were on hand to provide support to those residents facing foreclosure. New Jersey Family Care also came to provide information about government-funded health care programs.

More than 20 volunteers were involved in the program, including local Girl Scout troops. Their goal was to ensure the basic needs of Roselle families are met throughout the holiday season.


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