WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Mayor and Council are once again sponsoring the annual Easter basket drive.

Materials to make Easter baskets for less fortunate children in the area are being collected at the Woodland Park Borough Hall, 5 Brophy Lane, and the Alfred Baumann Library, 7 Brophy Lane, and at local schools, by March 23.

The Easter Basket Drive of North Jersey was founded by former borough resident Maria Koukoularis 18 years ago. The  Denville resident and fellow working mom Allyson Galinis of Flanders run the drive annually, using the community room inside borough hall as home base to assemble the baskets, with the aim of making a difference in children's lives.

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The volunteers create anywhere between 2,000 and 3,000 a year. The baskets are given to children of all ages from infant to 17 throughout North Jersey. The group has partnered with Five Below stores in the area to accept store purchased donations at the registers as well.

Items sought for the baskets include grass, baskets, basket bags, and ribbon as well as candy, small toys, diapers, school supplies, etc.

Cash donations can be made by sending a check payable to Maria Kouloularis to The Borough of Woodland Park, 5 Brophy Lane, Woodland Park, Attn: Recreation Department.