ELIZABETH, NJ – Elizabeth firefighters lent a helping hand September 18 to make sandwiches for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless as part of the Third Annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation program, an initiative of Assemblywoman Annette Quijano.
Annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation usually takes place in August, but due to the immense support and participation this year firefighters had to wait until September for their opportunity to combat hunger in the City of Elizabeth.
The firefighters, members of Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9, produced 500 peanut butter and jelly, and turkey and cheese sandwiches that were combined to make 250 food bags. Some of these firefighters had just gotten off a 24-hour shift where they fought a fire at the Port Elizabeth Marine Terminal.
Said Linda Flores-Tober, executive director of the Coalition, “You guys had great timing for your participation as we are currently out of sandwiches.”
Explained David Bialas, vice president of Local 9, “Our careers are about us helping the community in their time of need. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and support them by volunteering and through donations.”
In addition to providing manpower to make sandwiches Elizabeth Firefighters presented Flores-Tober with a $500 check to help fund their work. “Our firefighters had a great time working with Linda and her volunteers, and we hope to do so again in the near future,” said Bialas.