Giving Back

Public Encouraged to Participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to commemorate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) is planning special events on Monday in an effort to make the holiday a “day on” rather than a day off.

“For the last decade since I began on the committee, this MLK Jr. Day Celebration has grown and taken on many forms,” said Billy Fine, recently retired LCDI co-chair. “I am pleased to announce that this year we are continuing to explore new activities with a variety of organizations we are glad to begin partnerships with.”

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a day of service and celebration will be held at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, where the community will be invited to participate in a variety of service projects, such as assembling hygiene kits for those in need. Throughout the event, members of LCDI will also be accepting donations of coats, warm clothing, non-perishable food items, birthday party supplies and gifts, and prom and special occasion dresses for distribution to various charitable organizations.

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At approximately 1:30 p.m., participants will sing “We Shall Overcome” and hold a commemorative march inside the community center.

“This Day of Service is the beginning of yet another chapter in our committee's history, and I for one am excited to have it kick off a wonderful year of programming, events and service for the Livingston community,” said Fine. “Our philosophy for the Day of Service is, ‘A day on, not a day off.’ So please join us to give back in the memory of Dr. King and his continued legacy.”

For additional information, contact LCDI at or visit its Facebook page. See below for a full list of donation items needed.

Donations Needed:

Livingston’s 5th-grade junior Girl Scout Troop 20290 will be collecting donations for The Safe House, which provides relief of victims of domestic violence in Essex County. In addition to monetary donations, The Safe House also has a great need for the items listed below:

Paper Products
Paper Plates Toilet Tissue Ziploc Bags
Paper Cups (hot/cold) Tissues Foil
Napkins Plastic Utensils Paper Towels

Cleaning Products
Pine Cleaner
Laundry Detergent
Clorox Clean-up
Lysol Spray
Dish Detergent
Garbage Bags
Bathroom Cleaner

General Items
Batteries (all kinds) All Occasion Gift Bags
Trash Cans
Space Bags
Wheeled Grocery Carts
Snow Shovel
Alarm Clocks
Desk Lamps

Food Items
Juice & Juice Boxes Pasta and sauces Spices
Cereals Macaroni & Cheese Baby foods
Soups Chef Boyardee Baby Formula
Crackers & Cookies Powder drink mixes Bottled Water
Peanut butter & Jelly Coffee Mustard
Tuna Tea bags Oatmeal
Mayo Boxed mashed potatoes Canned Chili & Stews
Ketchup Canned Potatoes

Gift Certificates
Food Stores - (Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, Super Fresh)
Fast Food - (McDonald’s, Burger King. KFC, Wendy’s, Apple Bees, TGIF, Olive Garden)
Clothing and Department Stores - (K-mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Payless shoes, Foot Locker, Kohls, Models, Barnes & Nobles, 5Below, F.Y.E, Babies R Us)

Womens Relocation Items
Sheets (Twin & Full)
Pots & Pans
Throw/Area Rugs
Dish Rack
Spoons, Forks, & Knives
Small Appliances (toaster, coffee maker, iron, blender, Etc.)
Bathroom Sets
Wash Cloths

The Safe House also collects donations of used cell phones, which are programmed for “911” use for clients. Any overflow of phones is sent to a refurbishing company as an ongoing fundraiser. At this time, the organization is not in need of clothing.

Donations are also being accepted for Catherine’s Closet Prom Gown Collection.

Catherine, an honor student and valedictorian at Clifford Scott High School in East Orange who was aspiring to be a doctor, was killed in a car accident when a 14 year old in a stolen vehicle rammed into the car driven by her twin sister, Courtney. Catherine was buried in her prom dress.

In an essay she once wrote, Catherine said, "People will know my name not for fame or fortune or out of vanity, but they will know me because I have helped someone." Catherine’s Closet, which was founded in her honor, collects and sorts donated prom gowns and holds two sales in the spring where gowns are offered for $10 each.

Proceeds fund scholarships for girls who volunteer with sorting and sales. Catherine’s Closet will be collecting new or gently used prom gowns or youthful special occasion dresses.

CHOW/Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be collecting non-perishable food and super market gift cards.

Birthday Box Project will be collecting new, unopened gifts and party supplies. Teen gifts and packages of forks are especially in need.

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Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

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Guests will include:

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Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

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