ROXBURY, N.J. - The Roxbury community was well represented recently as a record number of volunteers from Coach Greg Somjen’s U12 Dynamite Girls Soccer Team and their families attended the Family Intervention Services, Inc. (FIS) 8th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The volunteers sorted and bagged food, a tradition started by the Roxbury Avalanche six years ago.  When the Avalanche moved on to high school this past year, the torch was passed to another team demonstrating the depth of compassion and volunteerism of the Roxbury community.

The Nov. 19 food drive ensures that more than 250 of FIS’ families will have a full Thanksgiving dinner this year - a gift they most certainly would have gone without. Many of the families FIS serves (including some in Roxbury) are struggling financially and find it difficult to meet their basic needs. 

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Twice a year food is sorted and bagged for those families; the Saturday before Thanksgiving and Stamp Out Hunger Day in May.

FIS is a private non-profit agency that provides counseling, case management, crisis intervention and skill building to families in Morris, Sussex, Essex and Passaic County. For more information on how you can access services, donate or volunteer at Family Intervention Services, Inc., visit their website at, “like” Family Intervention Services, Inc. on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter @EastOrange_FIS