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Holiday Packing Night For Our Troops!
NEW JERSEY – The Clifton Senior Citizens Center was Santa’s workshop for a few hours as 55 Clifton Cares volunteers packed 131 boxes for our troops in Afghanistan.
Volunteers, some in elf hats, were sorting, boxing, taping and sealing each package with the Holiday Spirit from the folks in Clifton.
In photo: Founders of Clifton Cares – Chris Liszner, Dona Crum and Lizz Gagnon and all 131 boxes!
The soldiers are complete strangers to Clifton Cares volunteers but to them they are friends they haven’t met yet and may never meet. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Veterans, ROTC young men, parents of soldiers who have served and those serving now were there with one goal, send our thanks to those serving us and sacrificing their lives for us.
Packages contained the “smell of home” with cookies, candy, Holiday decorations and pepperoni. Hundreds of Christmas cards handmade that night by students of Schools 1 and 13, the Boys and Girls Club Gingerbread House, as well as the scouts, were included as well.
Thank you to all Clifton residents for your caring, kindness and generosity with monetary donations and supplies. We could not have been so successful without your support. Thank you for showing the true spirit of Christmas by helping others.
Special thanks to our volunteer Patrick Doremus who arranged with the Post Office to pick up the boxes and process them all so we didn’t hold up lines at the local post offices. What a great team of workers to see these boxes make it to our troops!
This is an ongoing project, so please continue to bring your items to City Hall. Your monetary donation can be sent to: Lizz Gagnon, Clifton City Hall – Tax Assessor’s Office, 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, N.J. 07013. Your check should be made payable to Lizz Gagnon and put Clifton Cares in the Memo section.
In photo on right: Lizz Gagnon checking all the goodies in the boxes
Items always needed are small shampoos, hand sanitizers, shaving cream, body lotions, foot powder, gum, candy, fruit bars, frisbees, nerf balls, word searches and crossword puzzles.
We pack again the end of January, so we will be looking for more supplies, Valentine candy and