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Help Wanted: 9th Roxbury Day of Service to Honor 9/11 Heroes

Young ladies from St. Therese help at a recent Roxbury Day of Service Credits: Juel Nelson

ROXBURY, NJ – This year’s version of the annual Roxbury Day of Service Honoring 9/11 Heroes will take place Sept. 16 and its organizers are looking for volunteers.

On the Day of Service, participants are given tasks around Roxbury that are designed to make the town a “better place.” Many of the jobs involve helping senior citizens or disabled residents with yard work or simple home repairs, but crews are also assigned to clean parks and other public areas.

The Day of Service began in 2010 and is a partnership between the township and the Roxbury Clergy Council. The organizers are urging families to participate by bringing along children 5 and older.

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Linda Diffley, a co-chair of the event, suggested that church groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, clubs and other organizations should consider participating.  She is urging people to recommend for help someone who could use a hand – particularly the elderly and disabled.

Those recommendations can be made by calling 973-584-7349 or writing to

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration at the Roxbury Public Works building at 96 North Dell Ave., in Kenvil. This is behind the township recycling center. At 9 a.m. people and teams will head to their assigned work stations. Diffley said most work was finished by 1 p.m. in prior years.

 The Day of Service is designed to “honor the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001” note the organizers. “We recall the selfless acts of police, firefighters, EMTs and countless volunteers who offered themselves to care for their fellow citizens,” says the event brochure. “We follow their example and remember those we lost by connecting with our neighbors to make our community a better place.”

Participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch, gloves and hand tools such as pruners, rakes, shovels and hedge clippers. They are also asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the Roxbury Social Services Food Pantry.

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