LIVINGSTON, NJ — On behalf of Livingston Philanthropies Inc., Livingston resident Jeffrey Friedman has organized a 100-percent tax-deductible fundraiser with the goal of purchasing a small van for the organization.

Over the last eight years, Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI) has made tens-of-thousands of pounds of family-oriented deliveries to people in Newark who are either homeless or profoundly poor.

Now in its ninth year, volunteers collected approximately 13,000 warm coats (39,000 pounds) and thousands of pounds of family clothing, men's dress attire, shoes, socks, toiletries, cosmetics, diapers, women's products and more—all of which has been delivered using private, volunteer vehicles.

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On a GoFundMe page set up to encourage community support, Friedman wrote that LPI is “way overdue to fundraise for a small van.”  

“LPI requests your financial support over the next 45 days, as we need to purchase a small van prior to the holidays (our extremely busy season) to continue even current levels of giving to those who have literally zero, our very poorest,” he said. “If you are in position to step up a with a tax-deductible contribution, your individual donation will make a huge difference.”

According to the fundraising page, the small van will pick up from “well-to-do donors” and immediately deliver to the “poor, homeless and disenfranchised.” 

In addition to the GoFundMe efforts, LPI is also hosting a fur and leather sale this Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8 Country Club Road (off of Walnut Street) in Livingston. More than 50 fine coats and jackets will be sold at low prices will all proceeds supporting the vehicle fundraising initiative.

See the video below for a glimpse of what LPI does for the Livingston community and beyond. Click HERE to help LPI purchase a van in order to better serve those in need. 

To read more about the organization and how to get involved, click HERE