TRENTON, NJ  – The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced a partnership with Mercer County non-profit Shine and Inspire for their annual winter donation drive. The Freeholders will be collecting personal hygiene products, school supplies, non-perishable food, and clothing. The drive will kick off on January 7, 2020 and run thru February 25, 2020.

The Freeholders said that they are partnering with the agency since many low-income and displaced children in Mercer County choose not to attend school because they cannot afford basic hygienic items in addition to being unable to afford food on days when free school lunch is not provided. 

“A student's sole focus should be school, they shouldn’t feel embarrassed about personal appearance or fear not being able to afford lunch when school is not in session,” said Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Colavita. “The Freeholders and I are proud to partner with Shine and Inspire and help grow their Shine and Inspire Closet initiative. The closet allows students to have a judgment-free zone where they can obtain the basic necessities we all need."

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Hygiene products such as deodorant, feminine products, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair care products, and wash cloths are being collected.  In addition, school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, highlighters and folders can be donated in addition to clothing, or non-perishable food.

Donation boxes will be located throughout Mercer County, at various places including: 

  • Assemblyman Dan Benson Office –3691A Nottingham Way, Hamilton NJ
  • Berkshire Bank – US-130 Suite 774, Hamilton Township;  840 NJ-33, Mercerville; 2344 Route 33, Robbinsville (plus other Mercer County Locations) 
  • County Administration Building — 640 South Broad Street, Trenton
  • Capital Area YMCA –431 Pennington Ave #10, Trenton
  • Ewing Municipal Building – 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing
  • Ewing Community Center –999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing
  • Hollowbrook Community Center --320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing
  • Mercer County Library Branches — Robbinsville Branch located at  42 Robbbinsville-Allentown Road (in addition to all countywide library systems locations) 

Shine and Inspire recently opened Shine and Inspire Closets at Ewing High School and the Trenton Board of Education Headquarters to further their overall mission of enhanceing the quality of life for Mercer County, residents through the charitable gifts of local businesses and members of the community

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