Government

Oasis in Paterson Hosts Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration Feeding Over 1,000 People

37b54403ee55488fe4cd_15175605_10211311891458349_1530131911_n.jpg
Credits: Loraine Donayre
e0ad65ea4350438d4f06_15209108_10211311907618753_1581665311_n.jpg
Credits: Loraine Donayre
f42a93fdf5b7515e3c5c_15204176_10211311878018013_1710400946_o.jpg
Credits: Loraine Donayre
8cc396f01d68c6f38cbd_15215820_10211311908338771_1037569941_o.jpg
Credits: Loraine Donayre
37b54403ee55488fe4cd_15175605_10211311891458349_1530131911_n.jpg

PATERSON, N.J. - Over 1,000 people enjoyed a free Pre-Thanksgiving meal at Oasis in Paterson on Tuesday.

The food was donated by The Market Basket (Franklin Lakes) and local business' and organizations including Unilever (Englewood Cliffs), UPS (Wayne), Temple Sholom (West Essex); St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (Paterson, Wayne, Cedar Grove), William Paterson University (Wayne), and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, all lent a helping hand to serve all the guests.

“The Market Basket from Franklin Lakes has provided meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter to Oasis every year since we started 20 years ago.” said the Executive Director of Oasis Jennifer Brady.

Sign Up for E-News

All attendees also received a free turkey donated by various individuals and organizations, including St. Francis Food Pantries (NYC); UPS (Wayne); St. Elizabeth’s Church (Wyckoff); First Presbyterian Church (Caldwell); Saddle River Valley Junior Woman’s Club (Saddle River); Fairway Market (Woodland Park); and Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary (Wyckoff), and BAE Systems (Wayne).

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter was among the local and state representatives who came out to volunteer and help. This is her third year attending this event and when asked what it meant to her to volunteer at Oasis her response was “It is important during this holiday season to serve others. It is important to me to make sure that I am giving more than I am receiving.” 

Senator Cory Booker was also in attendance, serving up turkey and smiles to all the guests he greeted. When asked what he loved most about Paterson, Senator Booker responded "I love the community, the people here are phenomenal. Ever since I was the mayor of Newark, I always had folks from here reaching out to me to show support. I think this is a community that understands you have to be there for one another, times can get tough, but if we stand together, its a place of strength, and that's the best of Paterson"

The mission of Oasis is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower women and children in need.

The soup kitchen at Oasis serves over 600 women and children meals including breakfast and lunch each weekday of the year. They also have a new community garden providing fresh produce and environmental programming for students.

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 24, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Carousel_image_efec3d39ddc6008dd11e_4a256201-8c0a-450c-b62e-8a761d6f5b83

Thu, July 26, 6:00 PM

Vreeland Ave. Park, Paterson

Occupy Vreeland Ave. Park

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 31, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Readers Says Let Developer Bring Paterson Back

July 13, 2018

Dear Editor: 

It is no secret that Paterson is in dire need of revitalizing, restructuring, rebuilding, and, quite frankly, rebranding. As a city, we have struggled to pay our municipal debt, to reduce crime substantially, to create sustainable employment opportunities for our youth and to provide assistance for our city’s most vulnerable residents. 

Today, we face an uphill ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 19, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

Pascrell, Renacci, Senators Celebrate House Approval of Congressional Gold Medal to Baseball Pioneer Larry Doby

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) hailed the passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 1861, the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act. The legislation awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late baseball star, Larry Doby, who broke the American League’s color barrier in 1947.

“A proud ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Big Plans for Small Park in Newark’s North Ward

NEWARK, NJ- An under-utilized pocket park on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s North Ward has become a symbol of what can be accomplished in neighborhoods throughout the city through effective public-private partnerships. 

The park’s supporters have big plans for the public space, located directly across the street from the busy North Ward Center, located in an historic ...

I'm Sorry Mr. Jackson... I Am For Real

July 8, 2018

Hello again, Paterson. 

So much has changed since the last time I’ve written… as I’d hoped, Andre Sayegh is our new mayor and it seems an exciting new dawn is upon us. I think when any change comes, especially one as major as this, there is an opportunity for reflection as well as for hope. This election taught me quite a bit, seeing some of the best and worst sides of ...

RU Ready for Rutgers Football? Tickets on Sale

July 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's a lot of promotions planned this fall as part of the Rutgers football season.

Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 12, with seven home games. There's matchups against Big Ten East opponents Michigan and Penn State, and a first-time cross divisional meeting with Northwestern.

If football is not your thing, there's plenty ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...