MONTVILLE, NJ – At the pre-school where Tyler Bataille, Herbert Eggers, Matthew Herdin and Sebastian Szorc are students, every kid in the class is invited to every birthday party. Their parents decided to have a joint party, but, says Matthew’s mom Jenifer, “We didn’t want the parents bringing so many presents, and we wanted to jump start our sons' community activism and generosity.”

So the parents asked attendees to bring a monetary donation for the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry.

“We figured it would be anonymous and not a financial burden,” Herdin said.

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The party raised $400 for the pantry, which the boys brought to food pantry director Deane Driscoll in April. Driscoll left some cans out so the boys could “stock the shelves,” and he explained to the boys that about 100 families in Montville depend on the pantry each week.

“We wanted the boys to have a tangible experience rather than just writing a check,” Herdin explained. “I think it worked because we were watching ‘Curious George’ on TV and my son said to me, ‘When my next birthday comes, I want to give money to the puppies.’ I was really proud of him.”

For more information about the food pantry, please click: pantry.

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