THIRD DISTRICT LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE POST-HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE AND CELL PHONE COLLECTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2012 (West Deptford)– As another holiday season passes by, many families are finding themselves stocked with more food, electronic gadgets and other gifted items than they really need – items which are soon forgotten or wasted. In most instances, items that were being used before the holidays are replaced by new gifts, and the old items head into storage. Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli, and Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley are urging residents to continue to spread the holiday cheer by donating those items to organizations in need.
“We want to encourage residents to continue to help organizations throughout the state who are working to rebuild communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy,” said Sweeney. “There are many people who will continue to need our support after the holidays when donations may lessen.”
During the month of January, the Third Legislative District offices will be collecting non-perishable food items for the South Jersey Food Bank and used cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers initiative. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization that recycles cell phones and uses the monies from recycling firms to purchase calling cards for soldiers overseas.
Cell phones and non-perishable food items for the South Jersey Food Bank, including peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, breakfast cereal, pasta, and canned fruits and vegetables can be dropped off to the Third District offices at 935 Kings Highway, Suite 400 in West Deptford or 199 East Broadway, Suite G in Salem City. Residents may also drop off items at the Bridgeton Library Mobile Office on Tuesday, January 15 from 3 pm – 5 pm.
“Consider making a family tradition out of doing some spring cleaning after the hectic holidays and pulling some items for donation,” added Burzichelli. “Dedicating time to your favorite organization is also an important measure of support.”
“We should always consider those in our area who may be in need of assistance. Residents who give today may find themselves the recipients of that same help in the future,” concluded Riley.“Donations to local organizations or any group of your choice throughout the year is one of the best ways to give back to your community.”
If residents would like more information on the Third Legislative District’s food drive and cell phones collection, please call the West Deptford District office at 856-251-9801.
Senate President Steve Sweeney
www.njlegdistrict3.com Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli
(856) 251-9801 Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley