NUTLEY, NJ - Ruth Bedford is turning 101 this week, but instead of a repeat of last year's birthday blow out bash for hitting the century mark, she is asking her friends to raise a glass, and celebrate by donating to her favorite causes. 

Bedford has been a benefactor to numerous organizations serving Nutley and the surrounding communities. Instead of gifts, she asks that you join her by donating in any amount to her favorite causes.

This year, her wish list for your donations are:

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Nutley Family Service Bureau, 155 Chestnut St. Nutley NJ 07110,

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, 240 Mulberry St. Newark NJ 07102 

Offender Aid and Restoration of Essex County, c/o Grace Church 200 Highfield Lane, Nutley NJ 07110

Nutley Volunteer and Emergency Rescue Squad 119 Chestnut St. Nutley NJ 07110

Bedford expressed her gratude for the well wishes and gifts to her favorite causes in advance of her special day.