SPARTA, NJ- A group of volunteers once again helped to bring Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the community. 

“We have a very loving community,” organizer Mitch Morrison said.  He said volunteers and donors help to plate more than 1,350 Thanksgiving meals and desserts.

The individually packed meals were topped with a hand written note or card created by children and adults.

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Chef Florian Wehrli and the team at Perona Farms cooked and carved donated turkeys, Morrison said.  They also prepared stuffing and gravy.

Volunteers were spread out around the area to put the meals together, because of coronavirus protocols.  The food was delivered and packages at:

  • The Blessed Kateri Church of Sparta 
  • The Hills of the Shepherd Lutheran Church 
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Sparta 
  • The Ledgewood Baptist Church
  • Perona Farms 
  • The Sparta VFW
  • The United Methodist Church of Sparta 
  • The Unity Church of Lafayette 
  • The Veritas Christian Academy

The meals were delivered by volunteers to:

  • Advanced Housing 
  • Branchville Pantry 
  • Center For Prevention clients 
  • Concetta House 
  • DYFS 
  • Family Promise 
  • Frankford Food Pantry 
  • Franklin Seniors 
  • Harvest House 
  • The homeless in a Newton park 
  • The Manna House
  • Newton Public Schools 
  • Newton Towers 
  • Pathways to Prosperity 
  • Sandyston Walpack School 
  • Vernon Seniors 

The donors and volunteers included:

  • Angry Erik’s 
  • Jennifer Bostedo 
  • Carole Branco 
  • Frieda Burrowes 
  • Cafe Pierrot 
  • Becky and Thor Carlson 
  • Paula Cericola 
  • Colleen Collins 
  • The Consolazio’s 
  • Linda Coombe 
  • Michele Dabal 
  • Lee Daly
  • Laura Delea 
  • Anita DeMatteo 
  • Donna and Bill Fell
  • Jodi Fernandez and family 
  • First Presbyterian Church of Sparta 
  • Elaine Fogarty
  • Nadia Hatzinas and family 
  • Tiffany Heineman 
  • Shelly Janes 
  • Dimitri Kontolios and family 
  • Garden State Koi 
  • Genesis Farm 
  • High Point Regional High School 
  • Kalo Farms / The Greek Kitchen 
  • The Kesselmans 
  • Jackie Lance 
  • Korey Lee 
  • Doug McMahon 
  • Valerie Macchio (The Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry)
  • Mancuso’s Salon
  • Deb Masterson 
  • Katie McMcQueeney 
  • Terra Meierdierck Miller 
  • More Thyme Catering 
  • Sandra Morrison 
  • Sara Morrison
  • Anne and Bruce Murphy 
  • Newton Medical Center 
  • Ginny Nowell 
  • Christine O’Neill 
  • Bridget Peek 
  • Jill and Marcello Pedalino 
  • Miranda Perkins 
  • Micky Perez 
  • Perona Farms 
  • Marilyn Pomeroy 
  • Nancy Purnell 
  • Debbie Putnam 
  • Vicky Que 
  • Dana and Doug Radford
  • Catherine Roy 
  • Becky Rubenstein 
  • Shalini Saluja and family 
  • Julia Scales 
  • Marlene Schuele and family 
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
  • Tom Smith 
  • Sparta Diner 
  • Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry Team 
  • Sparta High School Key Club (Danielle Kopp)  
  • Sparta VFW
  • Janice Stevens 
  • TAPintoSparta 
  • United Methodist Church of Sparta 
  • Unity Church of Lafayette 
  • Lynn Vannosdall 
  • The Veritas Christian Academy 
  • Florian Wehrli 

 

Morrison said additional donations can be sent to Valerie Macchio at the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry in the First Presbyterian Church, 32 Main Street in Sparta.