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 Woodland Park Borough Hall, 5 Brophy Lane, the Alfred Baumann Library, 7 Brophy Lane, and at the local schools, by April 3.

Volunteers opened up what is called "Easter basket central" in the Woodland Park Municipal Building's community room last week, where the baskets are made each year, and have already created over 600 baskets.

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By Easter, volunteers will have created over 3,000 baskets, which are given to less fortunate children of all ages throughout North Jersey. The group has partnered with Five Below stores in the area to accept store purchased donations at the registers as well. Those interested can make donations of items at the register, and the stores hold the items for volunteers to pick up. The closest Five Below store is in Wayne at 76 Willowbrook Blvd., in the Wayne Towne Center.

Needed items include baskets, basket grass, basket bags, ribbon, candy, chocolate bunnies, 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. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Maria at 973-865-4852.

Follow the group's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Easter-Basket-Drive-of-Northern-NJ-Central-NJ-And-South-FL-175560715826705/.