After conducting a successful food drive among its members to collect canned goods, the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) assisted the East Orange Salvation Army this past Saturday, November 20, in preparing over 200 Thanksgiving baskets for needy local families.
Over 20 JLOSH volunteers worked for more than 3 hours on Saturday morning at the East Orange Salvation Army assembling over 200 Thanksgiving baskets and organizing the food pantry. JLOSH volunteers worked hard to assemble the makings of traditional Thanksgiving meals, including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and vegetables. East Orange residents lined up at the Salvation Army location early on Saturday to begin collecting the meals.
JLOSH president Laura Overdeck, who was on hand on Saturday filling baskets, added: “It was very gratifying to be able to assist the Salvation Army in its efforts to help the needy. We saw people fill the Salvation Army’s parking lot early on Saturday morning waiting to receive a meal they would not otherwise have had for the holiday. We don’t always get to see the immediate effect of our work the way we did on Saturday. Our members were very pleased.”
Every year, JLOSH members work together to tackle critical needs of women and children in our area. JLOSH provides service to the communities of Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Livingston, Orange, South Orange, East Orange, and Springfield. Founded in 1913, JLOSH reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins. Its purpose is purely educational and charitable.