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Three hundred local families in need enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner thanks to a community program organized by the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, Inc. (JLOSH).

JLOSH President Kate Lee (left) and members Robin Peacock and Kara Lawler load up turkeys for the Thanksgiving baskets.

The group mobilized its members to collect cans and boxes of stuffing, cornbread, vegetables and cranberry sauce, then packed them with 300 turkeys donated by Kings food market.  Additional support came from a food drive by Christ Church Nursery School in Short Hills. 

JLOSH partnered with the Orange School District and several local community organizations to reach recipients, including Orange High School, Orange Prep Academy, Rosa Parks / Central Community School, Lincoln Avenue School, Forest Street School, ClevelandStreet School, Heywood Avenue School, Oakwood Avenue School, Park Avenue School, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Family Intervention Services and the Community Day Nursery.

JLOSH President Kate Lee said: “We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and particularly to Kings, whose generosity enabled us to provide Thanksgiving dinner for 50 more families than we did last year.

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“People were genuinely touched by the baskets we prepared. We feel proud that we gave 300 families the makings of a great Thanksgiving meal, but the fact is that we still could not meet all the demand.”

The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills is an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact.  JLOSH provides service to East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Milburn, Orange, Short Hills, South Orange, Springfield and West Orange, and reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  To learn more about JLOSH, visit or find it on Facebook.

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