DENVILLE, NJ - Denville Social Services Coordinator Steve Dublanica figures nobody better deserved to be given the "Key to the City" than Leonard DiMenna, president of Thrift Barns of Morris County.

"The Thrift Barns of Morris County have to date donated $130,000 to Denville Social Services," Dublanica said.

DiMenna, and the Thrift Barns board of directors, were awarded the "Key to the City" recently by Denville Mayor Thomas Andes. They were also honored by the mayor's proclamation that March 20 to March 27 is "The Book and Bargain Barn Week"

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Although officially called Thrift Barns, the non-profit organization still uses the names "Book Barn" and "Bargain Barn" noted Andes. After the Thrift Barns separated from St. Clare's Health Care System, "Leonard DiMenna and his board began donating the 'Barn's' proceeds to various charities in the local Morris County area," noted the mayor in making his proclamation.

He said they have donated to organizations including the Joey Bella Foundation, the American Legion and VFW, the Knights of Columbus, Roonts and Wings and the Alzheimer's Association of New Jersey. "They also donated money to the Denville Rotary to help repair Santa Land after the arson incident," Andes said.

Additionally, the Thrift Barns supports new local authors and provides book signings on its site, he said. "They also conduct holiday events for children" and have made "significant monetary contributions towards Denville Social Services' home heating and family emergency fund," Andes said.

"Because of their generosity, my department is in much better financial shape, allowing us to buy food for the pantry and provide energy and heating assistance to Denville’s less fortunate citizens," concurred Dublanica. "The money will also be used for future projects as needs develop. We are indebted to Leonard, his Board and all the tireless volunteers who have ever labored at 'The Barns.'” 

Dublanica noted "The Key to the City is the highest honor the Township of Denville can bestow on an individual or organization," and added, "The Book and Bargain Barns richly deserve such recognition."
 
A the social services coordinator, Dublanca said cited "the hearts Leonard and his volunteers have unlocked, the lives they’ve touched and will continue to touch, the chains they’ve loosened, the generosity they’ve unleashed, and the burdens their hard and often unsung work have lifted.
"On behalf of myself and Denville Social Services, and all the organizations they have helped, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude and earnest hope that they will continue doing what they’ve been doing for so long and so well. Congratulations! The Thrift Barns are one of the many reasons Denville is such a great and caring town."