NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Family Service Bureau annual 'Garden Party' was a rocking success, and a jazzy one, and a classical one ... but just because you missed the music and food, doesn't mean that you still cannot help make a difference for those in need in Nutley. 

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) Executive Director Eileen Painter told a gathered group of supporters that "there is always hope for those in need in Nutley." Painter understands that not everyone cannot always buy a ticket to NFSB events, so she offered some simple solutions to help.

"If you grow tomatoes, donate a tomato, if you have extra shoes, donate shoes, if you have time, donate time" she said. Volunteers are always needed to sort food donations and thrift shop donations. Painter stressed that the fund generated from the thrift shop operation are used to buy fresh and frozen food items for those served by the food pantry operation. Most of the pantry clients are senior citizens living right here in Nutley. 

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Afterwards, Painter even said that they even welcome the half dozen doughnuts that were bought for the office. Doughnuts and other treats like that don't work logistically for the food pantry clients, but they are an appreciated snack for the pantry and thrift shop volunteers. 

As has become a custom, Painter stressed that NFSB is first and foremost a mental health and wellness organization.

TAPinto Nutley is grateful to have been chosen to host the Nutley Family Service Bureau column, written by clinicians at NFSB.