Union County

Students Organize Thanksgiving Food Drive

ELIZABETH—Students at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth began collecting food on Nov. 17 to donate to the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless. Young women at the all-female Catholic college prep high school were hoping to gather plenty of food items to donate in time for Thanksgiving.

Gala Raises $64,000 For Crisis Hotline

WESTFIELD—CONTACT We Care, the 24-hour caring and crisis hotline serving New Jersey, celebrated 34 years of soothing souls and saving lives, and raised more than $64,000 for the hotline at its Gala 2009 fundraiser on Oct. 29 at the Primavera Regency in Stirling.