SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On May 5th, the Greater Union County Jack and Jill teens delivered non-perishable food, masks, and handwritten note cards to grateful seniors at The Cedarbrook Senior apartment complex in Plainfield, NJ.
Tonya Williams, a Mother Chapter member and a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood BOE, recognizing the need of our Seniors during this pandemic, contacted Assemblywoman Linda Carter and asked what teens could do during this pandemic to help our elderly adult population.
The assemblywoman immediately responded and put them in contact with Beverly Calland, one of the tenants of the moderate-income senior complex.
The nineteen (19) teens mobilized and went into action, under the leadership of Teen President, Madison Young, and within a week created a list of items needed to be donated. Understanding they wanted to extend their reach and touch more senior citizens, the teens reached out to other chapter members for donations.
The GUCC Teens organized the collection, pickup and delivery. Teen Junior chapter member, Jayson Williams, willingly accepted the role to contactless pick up of items, from porches and organizing them for delivery; Incoming Teen Foundation Chair, Kameron Harris, wrote note cards for the seniors.
On #ThankfulTuesday, the Teens delivered not only non-perishable food items but also delivered masks in Ziploc bags. The Greater Union Jack and Jill teens were able to make a difference in almost 50 senior citizens' lives!
“Thank you, Madison. You and the teens of the Greater Union county Jack and Jill are amazing. The seniors who received the donations were elated and most appreciative” Assemblywoman Carter said.
Ms. Calland added: "We are the forgotten ones, so we are so thankful for your generosity" She was moved to tears by their efforts.
Chapter President Kimberly Brown, who has served two terms in the chapter and whose son Steven is a rising junior, is proud of the teens making a difference and isn't surprised "
"They are a thoughtful group, who sees what is needed, and they jump right in,” Brown said.
Jack and Jill Inc. is an organization of mothers with children ages 2-19 dedicated to nurturing and strengthening young African Americans through leadership development, serving their community and civic duty.