LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston police station is serving as a drop off for Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Thanksgiving Food Drive, which runs through Wednesday, Nov. 20.

According to Margie Heller, vice president of Community Health & Global Strategic Partnerships for SBMC/RWJBarnabas Health, Thanksgiving dinners were provided to 420 families in the Orange Public School District last season, reaching approximately 2,500 individuals. Each basket included a whole frozen turkey, roasting tin, stuffing, mashed potatoes, two vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy and dessert.

"The Thanksgiving 'trimmings' collection brought in over 3,800 packaged and canned good items," said Heller. "Through these efforts and partnerships, approximately $12,600 worth of food was donated to the Orange School District for Thanksgiving."

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This year, Saint Barnabas Medical Center is partnering with Livingston PBA Local #263, Sodexo and the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills to reach this year's goal of reaching 475 families. 

“The leadership of the police department could not be more proud of these officers,” said Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz. “We always encourage our officers to get involved in the community, and recently our officers have really stepped up to the plate and have spearheaded some fabulous projects in town.”

Accepted items include boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, canned yams, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, jarred or canned gravy and roasting tins. 

The Livingston PBA Local #263 has sent word that all donations are welcome, but there is currently a shortage on gravy and stuffing.

“We have a wonderful community where everyone is conscientious about others in need," said Marshuetz. "I think it’s important to consider others, especially during the holidays, and their generosity goes a long way.”

The Livingston Police Department is located at 333 S Livingston Avenue in Livingston.