ROXBURY, NJ – A recent call for financial help resulted in more than $10,000 being donated to help the needy in Roxbury as well as a pledge by a Succasunna church to give money next month.
The urgent request for donations was made Jan. 11 by Roxbury Social Services Director Janet Wald. She said the department had “absolutely zero funds” in its public assistance account.
It didn’t take long for donations to start coming, said Roxbury Township Manager Chris Raths. “I am glad to say they raised about $11,000 since that appeal went out,” he said on Tuesday.
Wald’s plea was also noticed by parishioners of The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, said pastor Carie Morgan in an email.
Morgan said the church is participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nationwide operation in which young people and local groups, in the weeks preceding the National Football League Super Bowl, raise money and food for the needy.
“The youth at First Presbyterian have been participating in this event for numerous years,” Morgan said. “Last year, Souper Bowl of Caring raised $10.5 million dollars nationwide.”
She said all money raised by the Succasunna church’s team will be dedicated to Roxbury Social Services.
“When we saw the article in Tap into Roxbury, one of our young adults considered holding a fundraising event,” Morgan said. “It was then suggested that the Souper Bowl of Caring offering was just around the corner and that we should dedicate our giving this year to our local community. “
The church will collect financial gifts and canned food on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday.
“The First Presbyterian Church has been supporting Roxbury Social Services in a variety of ways,” Morgan noted. “We have an on-going food collection drive, and our women’s group and deacons both donate $10 ShopRite gift cards throughout the year.”
She also said the church’s Mission Committee gives money to Roxbury Social Services each year. “We strongly believe in partnering with our local community,” said the pastor.
Raths said the outpouring of donations from the people of Roxbury “just once again reflects the township’s generosity.”