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Showing posts from December, 2019

Santa Comes Early to Newton

Hundreds of local children and their families were treated to an early visit from Santa at the annual Holiday party sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency.   Participants enjoyed goofy holiday games, music and crafts based on the popular movie and musical Frozen .   Pizza and cookies were provided by volunteers.   Children were greeted by a special visitor from the North Pole, playfully impersonated by Sussex County Freeholder Director George Graham.   Project Self-Sufficiency is a local non-profit agency which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey. Sussex County Freeholder George Graham enthusiastically donned a red suit for his stint as Santa at the annual holiday party.   "I am honored to support the efforts of the Sussex County Family Success Center as it brings together families to enjoy this holiday season.   Every child deserves to believe in a little holiday magic and that is wh

Local Business and First Responders Join Forces to Stuff a Boat Full of Toys

The annual “Stuff the Boat” toy drive coordinated by Branchville business Off Shore Marine to benefit the Season of Hope Toy Drive has been launched.   Area residents are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to fill a 22’ long 2020 Nautique GS22 sport boat at the business, which is located at 352 Route 206 in Branchville.   Members of the fire departments in Branchville, Frankford, Pochuck Valley and Sussex, along with the Blue Ridge Rescue Squad, the Sussex Fire Department Emergency Medical Service, and the Ladies’ Auxiliaries from the Sussex Fire Department and Sussex County, the Wanderers Car Club, and the Sussex Kiwanis Club will also contribute toys and monetary donations during a festive community drop-off event on Saturday, December 14 th , 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   The Season of Hope Toy Drive benefits thousands of children in Sussex and Northern Morris and Warren counties. The initiative is spearheaded by Project Self-Sufficiency in conjunction with a consor

Newton Police Department Raises Funds for Toy Drive

Following the success of No Shave November in raising funds for cancer research and prevention, the Newton Police Department, with the support of Chief Mike Richards, has kicked off Double Down December in support of the Season of Hope Toy Drive.   Officers will forgo regular facial shaving requirements for the month.   Funds raised will be donated to Project Self-Sufficiency and used to purchase toys for children and teens in need.   Newton Police Department Raises Funds for Toy Drive “After attending the Toy Drive kickoff at Project Self-Sufficiency in October, it was apparent to me that financial contributions would be helpful to ensure that there will be a sufficient number of toys available for families,” commented Richards.  “I suggested that we could do another month of no shaving, which has been referred to as ‘Double Down December’, and the officers readily agreed to support the Season of Hope Toy Drive with this month’s donations.  Each officer is required t