LIVINGSTON, NJ - This holiday season, there are a few holiday collections happening in Livingston including one for needy families, one for needy children and one for the animals at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. Anyone else holding a holiday collection is invited to send an email with details to

The Township of Livingston Health Department and students in the LYCS Leaders program are sponsoring a Holiday Giving Tree this season, which is located at the Senior/Community Center at 204 Hillside Ave, Livingston, NJ in the front lobby. Click here to view the Giving Tree flyer. The collection of new hats, mittens, gloves and scarves will run through Jan. 12. For more information, contact Janet Traettino at 973-535-7961 x 226 or Susan Ridley at 973-535-7925 x 703.

In addition, a collection called, Valentine Kisses, is being held for the animals at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter through Jan. 27. Those interested may click  HERE to donate supplies online. Below is a list of items needed and here is a link to the Wish List and the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter newsletter.

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Greatest Needs:

  • Clorox Non-Scented Disinfecting Bleach
  • Paper Towels
  • Royal Canin Baby Cat Weaning Kibble Dry and Canned
  • Royal Canin Medium Puppy Dry
  • Forever Postage Stamps
  • Clay Cat Litter (non-clumping type)
  • Canned Cat and Kitten Food
  • Supermarket Gift Cards and Petsmart, Target and Home Depot Gift Cards

Pet Supplies:

  • Martingale Collars for Dogs
  • New Litter pans Without Hoods
  • Bumper Style Flat cat Beds
  • KMR-Kitten Milk Replacement
  • New Kitten Nursing Bottles
  • Cat Toys
  • 6 ft. Leashes
  • Purina One Sensitive Systems Dry Cat Food
  • Doggie Waste Pick Up Bags

General Purpose:

  • Tissues
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • 50-Gallon Black Trash bags
  • Decorative Ribbon and Plastic Wrap to use for events

Volunteers are Always Needed:

  • Volunteers as Foster families
  • Volunteers to walk Dogs
  • Volunteers to Help with Fundraisers and Events
  • Volunteers to Plan and Execute Supply Collection Drives
  • Volunteers to Do Envelope Stuffing and Paperwork

And, recently, Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) finished its Toys 4 Tots collection for in need children. They collected unwrapped and wrapped gifts labeled with for boy/girl/unisex and age range of gift that will make it into children’s hands just in time for the holidays.