SPARTA, NJ -The Sparta Woman’s Club is collecting new blankets and comforters to benefit Family Promise of Sussex County who help families and individuals who find themselves without a home and need temporary housing.

The community is asked to consider donating new unused winter blankets or comforters for twin, full or queen size beds. The donations can be brought to the main level of the Sparta Public Library where the Woman's Club has a collection box. 

The Sparta Woman's Club is also accepting monetary donations that will be used to purchase blankets for Family Promise.  Checks can be written to the Sparta Woman's Club at PO Box 612, Sparta, NJ 0787.  Please note "Blanket Drive" on the donation. For more information contact Arlene Kayne at 973-729-9407. Kayne is the liaison to Family Promise in Sussex County.

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Family Promise of Sussex County is located on 19 Church Street in Newton. One of the original and core programs at Family Promise is the Emergency Shelter program which is designed to address the immediate shelter needs for families experiencing housing crisis, according to Kayne.

Kayne said in the county Family Promise has expanded their services to include case management services, Men’s Day Program, Rapid Rehousing Program, Homelessness Prevention.  Most recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic Family Promise now has an emergency "Food Shelf Program to address the growing needs for access to foods to the many households who experienced layoffs and furloughs and have struggled to maintain a steady supply of healthy foods while they awaited unemployment benefits."

Anyone in need of assistance or who would like to volunteer can contact Family Promise of Sussex County by calling 973-579-1180.