Project Self-Sufficiency is currently seeking monetary donations, gift cards or new, unwrapped items suitable for senior citizens as part of the agency’s Earth Angels initiative.
During mid-December, students in the New Jersey Youth Corps high school diploma program at Project Self-Sufficiency will stuff festive bags with the cards and gifts; the items will be delivered by volunteers, including members of the Sparta Women’s Club, to homebound seniors during the week leading up to Christmas.
Along with monetary contributions, the agency is seeking the donation of gift cards from local retailers, including Kohl’s, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Weis and the hair salons at the Homestead and Liberty Towers senior residences. New flashlights, batteries, magnifying glasses, jar openers, nightlights, postage stamps, grabber tools, draft barriers, crossword puzzles, word searches, first aid items, and tissues would also be appreciated.
Newton attorney Elenora L. Benz, Esquire, originated the Earth Angels program in 1999 by enlisting the support of her staff member Mary Jones, along with clients, business colleagues, and community volunteers. Although most Earth Angels recipients reside in Newton’s Liberty Towers and Frankford’s Homestead, organizers hope to reach additional senior citizens in other parts of the county as the program grows.