DENVILLE, NJ – Thrift Barns of Morris County presented Denville Township with a check for $52,000 during the Denville Town Council meeting on Nov 12. Thrift Barns of Morris County is a Denville-based 501(c)(3) volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that sells used books and other household items at the Book Barn and the Bargain Barn located on 18 Pocono Road. Forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) will go to Denville Social Services, $6,000 to the Denville Police Department and $1,000 to the Denville Fire Department.

“We’re proud that the town supports us and that we can support the local community,” said Leonard DiMenna, president of Thrift Barns of Morris County.

“I’m also proud that we can do this for the fourth year!”

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Thrift Barns of Morris County has raised $960,000 for multiple charities since its founding in 2015. Beneficiaries of its largesse include American Legion, Celebrate the Children, Denville Rotary, Joey Bella Memorial Fund, Knights of Columbus, Roots & Wings, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 11th Hour Rescue, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Wounded Warrior. Thrift Barns of Morris County also has given scholarships to students of Morris Knolls High School, Morris Hills High School, Morris County School of Technology and County College of Morris. This year, Thrift Barns has raised $171,000 for local charities. Last year, it raised more than $185,000.

“I’m always humbled and grateful,” said Steve Dublanica, coordinator of Denville Social Services.

“This money gives us a lot of leeway to help a lot of people.”

According to Denville Police Chief Frank Perna, Thrift Barns’s generous donation will allow the department to purchase four tactical vests and an active shooter medical kit.

“Mr. DiMenna and his volunteer staff work very hard to bring in revenue to provide much needed donations to many groups throughout our great community,” said Perna.

In addition to Thrift Barns’s check presentation, later in the council meeting Perna and members of the town council witnessed the swearing-in of Robert Tucker, of Pompton Plains. Tucker is a new recruit of the Denville Police Department.

“Robert became a police officer because he wanted to be a positive influence and a role model for a community,” said Chief Perna.

“Robert chose this path by following in the footsteps of his father Charles Tucker, Retired Captain in the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity presented to me,” said Tucker, joined by his father and sister Emma while taking his oath of office.

“I wish to become involved in and embrace the township services through community policing. I’m definitely proud to be part of the Denville Police Department and serve them proudly.”

Tucker grew up in Pequannock Township and graduated from the district’s high school. He attended the University of Scranton, where he received an undergraduate degree in community health education.

 

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