ELIZABETH, NJ – A group of Elizabethtown Gas employees continued a more than 20-year tradition at St. Joseph’s Social Services Center where they, along with other volunteers, sorted donated food and filled shopping bags for needy families, Nov. 21.
The group, which includes current and past employees, has made meeting at St. Joseph’s the Monday before Thanksgiving a holiday tradition.
“I feel I am here to help,” said Elizabethtown retiree Isabel Losada, who makes the trip to Division Street the Monday before Thanksgiving every year. “To make the commitment at Thanksgiving is something I feel good about. It makes me feel good.”
She was joined by Adam McLaughlin, Ann Handlin, Marian Congiusta, Juan Olmedo, Ana Cabrera, and Tina Earley.
“The company believes that it is important to be a citizen in every community that it serves,” said Earley, who is the company’s manager of government and community affairs. “We feel particularly strong about helping out at this event because many of our customers and employees are from Elizabeth. This is where the company got its start, so it is particularly important to help the community at this time of year.”
They were joined by students in the Elizabeth Youth Corps, and many volunteers from the community.
The need for the event is evident in the lines circling the block. Last year, St. Joseph’s distributed more than 800 turkeys and a thousand bags of food. So far this year, more than 800 families have signed up.