NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School senior, Isobel Costello is being honored as one of the top youth volunteers of 2020 for New Jersey.

Costello created her program “The Weekend Bag” when she as a freshman as a way to help her peers who were going home and worrying about not having enough food or hygiene products to last them through the weekend.

In March 2019, Costello partnered with T Love, founder of Sussex County group Sojihuggles, whose mission is to “provide underprivileged children with basic necessities so they many grow and take advantage of opportunities, allowing them to thrive, experience purpose in life, and contribute to society in meaningful ways.”

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On average, Costello spends about 15 hours a week on her project. She is joined by her mother, father and two younger sisters.  They help shop for the food, pack the bags, and even deliver to the schools that are involved in the program.

Costello was honored as Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s Hometown Hero in the beginning of 2019.

“Isobel is exactly the type of person I am talking about when I talk about 'Jersey Values'," Gottheimer said.  "She puts the needs of others ahead of her own and has helped so many in need through the 'Weekend Bag Program.' I am incredibly grateful for the work she's done and continues to do in North Jersey.”

Currently, the program is helping over 100 elementary and middle schoolers in need that are in seven Sussex County schools. It provided more than 10,000 meals last year.

Prudential is honoring Costello at the Newton Board of Education meeting on March 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the board office located at 57 trinity Street. Costello will be presented with her medallion and honored as one of the top youth volunteers of 2020.