ROXURY, NJ – The generosity started early today outside the Ledgewood Walmart.

By 9:30 a.m., Roxbury Company 2 Fire & EMS had already collected two shopping carts full of donations in its annual food drive.

Braving temperatures that struggled to reach 30 degrees, the fire and rescue volunteers manned a table in front of the store. They asked shoppers to help the needy in town by buying a little extra in the food and groceries section.

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As has been the case each year, the response was great, said Roxbury Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Hackett, who was helping with the food drive.

The fire and EMS folks will be there until 4 p.m.

Items collected at the food drive are loaded into fire trucks and ambulances and taken to the Roxbury Social Services Food Pantry. 

The food drive outside Walmart isn't the only way people in Roxbury are helping the less fortunate this month. They are also bringing non-perishable items to the Roxbury Police Department, which is also collecting items for the Food Pantry. 

The police will deliver their gatherings to the food pantry on the day before Thanksgiving.