New Brunswick Elks hosts Community Service Day

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NEW BRUNSWICK — A bake sale, rummage sale, clothing drive, food drive, health screening and a blood drive will be among the many offerings when New Brunswick Elks Lodge No. 324 hosts its Community Service Day on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods and unwanted clothing that will be distributed during the event, which will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, located at 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.

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Clothing, arts and crafts, jewelry, household items, and leftover trinkets from garage sales are among the kinds of goods that a variety of vendors will be selling.

St. Peter’s University Hospital will be offering free blood pressure and blood sugar screening from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., while Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will offer free blood pressure screening from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the hospital’s pediatric mobile care unit.

In addition, New Jersey Blood Services will have a booth where donors can make appointments to give blood.

The New Brunswick Police Department will be offering a bicycle safety check for children, and the New Brunswick Fire Department will bring one of its trucks for youngsters to inspect.

The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office will be offering fingerprinting protection for children, while Catholic Charities and the Middlesex County Health Department will sponsor informational booths.

The Elks will be collecting winter coats to benefit its veterans program, and there will be a clothing drive to assist the Salvation Army.

The Elks also will be accepting canned food donations on behalf of Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick organization that offers meals, social services and health screenings to the needy.

Representatives from Fama’s Nursery in North Brunswick will be selling fruits, vegetables, flowers and pumpkins, while representatives from the George Street Co-operative will be selling organic products.

New Brunswick Cub Scout Pack 19 will be selling hotdogs, popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate to raise funds for the pack, which is sponsored by the New Brunswick Elks.

The Knights of Columbus Council 6411 will be selling Spanish delicacies.

In addition, Foodtown, an area supermarket, will be giving away extra savings coupons.

Vendors interested in selling their wares are invited to reserve a space at $15 each.

The Elks’ share of the proceeds goes toward helping children with disabilities and to veterans.

The event will be canceled in the event of rain.

The New Brunswick Elks has more than 500 members from New Brunswick and surrounding communities, including Franklin Township, Highland Park, Milltown and North Brunswick.

For more information, or to reserve a space, contact Mike Mahony at 1-732-545-0658.


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