Hawthorne Pride Alliance's Second Collection Fills Vehicles with Donations of Clothes - and Even a Turkey - for Essex County-Based RAIN Foundation

Hawthorne Pride Alliance's Second Collection Fills Vehicles with Donations of Clothes - and Even a Turkey - for Essex County-Based RAIN Foundation
Credits: Hawthorne Pride Alliance
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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The second weekend collection by the Hawthorne Pride Alliance for the Essex County-based Reaching Adolescents in Need Foundation (RAIN) was, in the words of Chairman Mike Stracco, "Another success!"

The Pride Alliance decided to hold a second collection day, building off of the strong reception of the first.  Where donors had a choice of using an Amazon wishlist to send new socks and underwear without leaving their own homes, many opted to make in-person donations as well. 

The Pride Alliance issued jubilant thanks to the residents of Hawthorne for their generosity.  "To all of those who have donated to our LGBT homeless youth shelter clothes drive these past two weekends - thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!"  The Alliance said the residents of the shelter were "beyond grateful" for the generosity of the donors.  The Alliance said that another collection would be held for the RAIN Foundation in the spring.  Bradley Campbell of the Hawthorne Pride Alliance noted that Passaic County has no LGBT-safe shelters that the Alliance is are aware of.

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 "We were able to donate eighteen bags of clothes," Stracco said.  In addition, there were "nine cases of food, seventeen shirts on hangers, three bags of handmade scarves, and one 18-pound turkey."

Stracco told TAPinto Hawthorne that he has also received messages from residents in other New Jersey municipalities looking to establish their own Pride Alliances like Hawthorne's.  "I am humbled and honored that we are a leader for others to follow."

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