MORRISTOWN, NJ - During the COVID-19 lockdown, many local families have been doing a lot of food drives for those in need. But a month ago, Morristown’s Crofford Family felt there was something else that families needed: dental, first aid and hygiene kits.
“We all came up with the idea over dinner one night about a month ago,” said Davala Crofford, whose family has been collecting these kits for three weeks now. “Katie, along with Bobby and Sarah brought up the idea of care kits; non-food base necessities that were greatly needed but no one that we knew of were collecting for the community.”
Davala owns her own college admissions counseling consulting company, while Rob works as a Director of Sales for a software company. Katie is working as summer intern in Maryland and attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY as a senior mechanical engineering major. Bobby is a rising high school senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, while Sarah is a rising junior at Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown.
Though life is taken day by day, the Croffords had to readjust how they approach each day since the COVID-19 pandemic.
“School has been a big adjustment online during this time,” said Sarah. “I usually play lacrosse in the spring so it was sad that we couldn’t be able to have our spring season.”
Despite the lockdown, the Croffords have found things to fill their time and still make their lives count.
“Since March, I’ve been waking up every day doing schoolwork and working out, said Bobby. “I try to keep myself busy and even gone on hikes.”
And aside from school and exercise, the Croffords decided to get involved in their community and help those affected by the pandemic. Eventually, the family reached out to the Bedoya Family, who manages Chef Freddy’s Table restaurant in Morristown and handles food distribution through Help MorrisNOW; a local program that runs food drives around the county.
“This is the first time our family has independently done anything from conception to distribution for our community,” said Sarah.“I was shocked and impressed by the number of items we received. I wondered if people would even donate, but we actually did it and were overwhelmed by the community’s help. It’s a really great feeling.
And indeed, it was a great feeling to see how many kits the Croffords received, amounting to over 2,400 individual items collected (around 1,500 hygiene kits, 400 first aid kits, and 500 dental kits which will be used to make up individual kits). When the family’s garage was too small to store everything, the Croffords reached out to Morristown’s Kellogg Club, which opened their doors for support.
“I feel really humbled and good on how I can help the town in this time,” said Bobby. “So many families are going through rougher times than usual, so it’s really important to help the community.”
All essential kits intend to be distributed at St. Margaret’s Church, located on 6 Sussex Avenue, in Morristown, starting around 12:00 p.m., alongside Help MorrisNOW, who will also be distributing food supplies. And the Crofford family cannot wait to hand every kit out to those in need.
“I asked and things were dropped off at our doorstep,” said Davala. “We wondered if this was needed, and then we realized we needed to do it. We just wanted to help, and I’m humbled and thankful for the spirit of community that I’ve seen in Morristown.”
For more information on the Crofford’s care kit drive, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/davala.crofford?eid=ARCt_yvFSBtG4dLDCljjjmecKuAAfdcQYqrNK9yBwWPIdSiK8JB3xPW4filgEP4ap_HHwXK9IhoTwvm9.
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