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Seeking Holiday Donations for Local Senior Citizens

Local non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency in conjunction with the Earth Angels senior citizen initiative is seeking donations to provide holiday cheer to local senior citizens during December.  The team is soliciting monetary donations and gift cards, along with select items for distribution to home-bound seniors in December.  Volunteers will stuff bags with the cards and gifts and hand-deliver the items to seniors during the week leading up to Christmas. 

Along with monetary donations, suggested items for donations include gift cards from local retailers such as Harmon’s, Hayek’s, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wal-Mart, Weis and the hair salons at the Homestead and Liberty Towers senior residences.  Donations of bath, hand and kitchen towels, flashlights, batteries, magnifying glasses, jar openers, nightlights, foaming hand soap, small bottles of dish detergent, postage stamps, crossword puzzles, word searches, first aid items, and tissues would also be appreciated.

The Earth Angels program has served seniors aging in place throughout the community since 1999, with the primary concentration residing in Newton’s Liberty Towers and Frankford’s Homestead.  By joining forces with Project Self-Sufficiency, organizers now hope to reach additional senior citizens in other parts of the county. 
Photo by Tracey Klimek, New Jersey Herald
Monetary donations can be made online at or by making out a check to “Project Self-Sufficiency” and indicating “Earth Angels” on the memo line.  Donations of checks, gift cards and other items can be dropped off at one of three locations:  Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton; the law offices of Elenora Benz, 122 Main Street, Suite 102, Newton; or at Knoll Heights, 39 Trapasso Drive, Sparta.

Non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency is celebrating its 30th year of service to families in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency, family stability, and to improve their lives and the lives of their children.  The agency offers a supportive family-centered environment where life issues are addressed through a combination of individual counseling, peer support groups, case management services, parenting skills training, life skills management training, home visits, childcare and early childhood education, family activities and health education.  

For more information about the Earth Angels initiative, or any of the other programs offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit


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