CALDWELL, NJ - The holidays will be brightened for needy area families after Caldwell residents Joanne Zascone and Suzanne Pemrick presented ten food and gift baskets, along with holiday plants, to Maria Burak, Caldwell's Health and Human Services Director. Zascone and Pemrick ran a food and gift drive in their apartment building, Carlyle Towers, and received generous donations from fellow tenants as well as area businesses. Donations were received from Shop Rite, Caldwell Seafood, Stop& Shop, Walgreen's, Foodtown, Caldwell Flowerland, Sears Hardware, Calandra's Italian Village, Coach Nail Salon, Home Depot and Dunkin' Donuts.
“When I learned of the food and gift collection that the Caldwell Department of Human Services was running, I immediately wanted to help," Zascone expressed. "I devised a Wish List and distributed it to the residents of my building, asking for donations. The result was an overwhelming outpouring of generosity."
After she gathered the donations, Zascone created five "Holiday Dinner Packages," complete with approximately thirty food items, as well as paper products and gifts for Mom and Dad and five "Kid Friendly Treats packages, sure to please, complete with popcorn, hot cocoa, candy canes and a gingerbread house kit.