Monday, December 5, 2016

Stuff the Boat on Behalf of the Season of Hope Toy Drive



The Branchville Fire Department and patrons of local business Off Shore Marine have joined forces to fill a ski boat to the brim with toys to benefit the Season of Hope Toy Drive.  The toy drive, driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency along with a consortium of local businesses, schools and organizations, aims to gather 20,000 toys to benefit children in Sussex and northern Warren Counties this December. 

The 21-foot Nautique water craft is a competitive ski boat known for setting world records in speed and waterskiing disciplines.  Sherri Cecchini, owner of Off Shore Marine, thought it would be put to good use during the off season to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need.  She hopes to set a new record of sorts.  “Last year we collected $4,500 worth of toys, and this year we want to exceed that,” she recalls.  “Our business is family-owned and operated and we have been blessed.  We can use our customer base to boost our giving power.  The Branchville Fire Department is also making a huge effort to contribute.”  The company is accepting toy donations through Monday, December 12th. 

“This collaboration between a business and the local fire department perfectly demonstrates the true spirit of giving during this holiday season,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “This community is unique in its commitment to its neighbors in need.  Thousands of families will be helped by this effort.  We are truly grateful.”

The toy drive is a joint effort coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its partners Charm, The Chatterbox Drive In, iHeartMedia, Inc., Intercar Mercedes Benz, Pass it Along, Selective Insurance Company of America, Service Electric Broadband Cable, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Honda, The New Jersey Herald, The Printing Center, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots to benefit local families in need.  Individuals, civic groups, and businesses have been gathering toys in anticipation of this year’s event.  The Stuff the Stocking contest pitting area schools against each other in a friendly competition is also underway.

Contributions of new, unwrapped toys for the Stuff the Boat campaign will be welcomed at Off Shore Marine, 352 Route 206 in Branchville through Monday, December 12th.  Gift items and monetary donations will also be gratefully received at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Donations are requested by December 15th in order to allow ample time for the items to be distributed to needy families.   To make a donation online, or for more information, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500.

Friday, December 2, 2016

United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Assist with Season of Hope Toy Drive



A military convoy from the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program recently delivered thousands of toys to Project Self-Sufficiency on behalf of the Season of Hope Toy Drive.  The toy drive, driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency along with a consortium of local businesses, schools and organizations, aims to gather 20,000 toys to benefit children in Sussex and northern Warren Counties this December.


“We are particularly grateful for the involvement of the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program with the Season of Hope Toy Drive,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Year after year, these Marines make it their mission to bring joy to local children.  We are able to touch the lives of thousands of families in a meaningful way thanks to their efforts.”


The toy drive is a joint effort coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its partners Charm, The Chatterbox Drive In, iHeartMedia, Inc., Intercar Mercedes Benz, Pass it Along, Selective Insurance Company of America, Service Electric Broadband Cable, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Honda, The New Jersey Herald, The Printing Center, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots to benefit local families in need.  Individuals, civic groups, and businesses have been gathering toys in anticipation of this year’s event.  The Stuff the Stocking contest pitting area schools against each other in a friendly competition is also underway.


Those who wish to contribute to the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Gift items will be gratefully received at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Monetary donations will also be gratefully received.  Donations are requested by December 15th in order to allow ample time for the items to be distributed to needy families.   To make a donation online, or for more information, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Learn about the Prevention of Child Assault



Teens and adults are invited to learn about the prevention of child sexual assault at free training sessions on Wednesday, December 14th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The workshops will be offered by the Enough Abuse Campaign, a cooperative effort of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, Project Self-Sufficiency and the Sussex Warren Partnership to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.  The community-wide education initiative aims to mobilize adults and communities to prevent child sexual assault by increasing awareness of safe practices for potential victims.  Educators are particularly interested in training middle and high school youth, their parents, teachers, administrators, coaches and other youth-serving professionals on how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse.  Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.  Participation is free and open to anyone interested in stemming the tide of child sexual assault, but advance registration is required.  To register, or to find out more about the Enough Abuse campaign, call Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.