SOMERSET, NJ - Venus Jewelers presented the Franklin Food Bank with a check for $1,500 Tuesday afternoon thanks to donations made during the "Feed a Franklin Family for the Holiday" campaign. 

Venus Jewelers' customers were given the chance to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar from Nov. 24 to Dec. 9. Their donations were matched by Venus Jewelers. 

"In the short time that we raised funds and awareness, the generosity of our clients simply overflowed," the Principal of Venus Jewelers, Dr. Peter Stavrianidis said. "Many were all too eager to donate knowing that their efforts would be doubled with our donation match. This was a perfect example of how the small actions of many can do great things."

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The money raised will be used to provide a traditional holiday meal for more than 35 local families, which will include a turkey with all the fixings. 

President and CEO of the Franklin Food Bank feel it is important for his clients to eat a healthy meal in the comfort of their own homes. He says most of his clients just need a little assistance, and that the Franklin Food Bank helps its clients to avoid difficult choices. 

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"When there's a choice between paying the PSEG bill or feeding your family, we want families to not have to worry about the food part," Hasner said. "Monetary donations  like this allow families to have a holiday dinner in the comfort of their own homes."

The Franklin Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization, whose motto is "Neighbors helping Neighbor" and is responsible for feeding more than 1,800 families including more than 1,900 children and 383 seniors over the course of a year, according to its website. 

Later this week local police and firefighters will step up to help the Franklin Food Bank during the grand opening of Wawa in a contest called "Hoagies for Heroes."

Venus Jewelers is a family owned business which has been serving the public in and around Franklin Township for 38 years at the same location to learn more visit its website:

TAPinto Franklin Township is independently owned and operated by  Malik A. Lyons FHS Class of 93’ Graduate. 

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