HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Lincoln School Student Council is holding a First Night Kit Collection Drive for the organization Jersey Cares. It is the first year they are working with the non-profit.

"We are just trying to collect as much as we can to help give those less fortunate than us," said Jennifer Martello, first grade teacher and Student Council advisor.

This is the first year we are doing this," said Martello. "I try to organize a drive each year that goes beyond Hasbrouck Heights. I was looking for different drives out there, and I came across Jersey Cares website."

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First Night Kits are a collection of personal supplies which are given to individuals at "domestic violence shelters, transitional housing facilities, runaway safe havens, foster homes and other agencies with transitional populations in need of hygiene items on the "first night" of their stay."

According to the group's website, Items needed for a First Night Kit include:

Body Wash
Combs and brushes
Note pads and pens
Calling cards (5 minutes or more)
Pajamas (sizes for children and adults)
Gallon-size zip lock bags
New/unopened small toys (for children's kits)

Only new, unopened items can be accepted. Pajamas, T-shirts, socks and underwear must still have tags on. The group cannot accept used clothing. 

Established in 1993, Jersey Cares recruits and engages volunteers in rewarding, effective efforts that address community-identified needs. We partner with local nonprofits to identify needs and implement volunteer projects to meet these needs, according to its website.


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