Letter To The Editor

The Boyle Memorial Foundation and Shirley Thompson continue to partner to help the South Plainfield Families in need and continue to help raise funds for our frontline workers, especially at a time of uncertainty amid the COVID19 pandemic.  Monetary donations are being accepted via check or Venmo at this time due to “Social Distancing”  constraints and food insecurities among our South Plainfield residents.  The Boyle Memorial Foundation has donated 1000 containers to Shirley so she can continue to prepare soups and food for those in need which includes our senior citizens.  Thank you to the Newman Jr. Family, Mike and Tracy Sesta, DeAndrea Family, A. Dembia, Jean and Jim, Ball Family, Yaworski Family, Snogans Family, Morin Family, Levine Family,, Fugazzi Family, Bellew/Gerety Family, D. Palmer Family, R. Rinker, D. Tufaro, Rocco Family and B. Earl.   Through the donations of families we have been able to donate over $2,500 in ShopRite Gift Cards, toilet paper, paper towels, and funds for Frontline Heroes.  

We are so grateful to those who have continued to donate funds to help with our residents.  Cathy Herman has continued to work on fundraisers to help our frontline workers which include our area hospitals and EMS teams. Donations to help are going towards the purchase of “31” bags, and then filled with hand creams, chapsticks, hand sanitizers, mints, powder drinks, and granola bars.  These “31” bags have been donated to Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Hospital by Cathy and Nick Sottiriou, David Jaipersaud Director of St. Peter’s Children’s Hospital and Bob Boyle to RWJ Hospital in New Brunswick.  The bags were sponsored by Cathy Herman, Debbie Boyle, Nancy Matthews, Phyllis DiNardi Lisa Doren, Karen Blackford, Shannon Jefferys, Sharon Brown, Jack Pedersen, Brenda Gromek, Kathy Lahey, Pat Zanoni, Crystal Corveleyn, Marge Reedy, Terri Wilkinson and Barbara Hyneman .

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Cyndi Bolesta Capparelli, Cyndi’s Family and Supreme Silk Screen are grateful to all those who supported the South Strong Store by purchasing tee shirts/sweatshirts to support our South Plainfield residents who are in need of help during COVID19.  They have raised $440.00 but have donated $725.00, so far to families in need in South Plainfield.  Supreme Silk Screen is a non essential store, and when they are allowed to reopen with their employees, the items purchased will be processed within two weeks and delivered or will be available for pickup.  Items are still available for purchase by visiting the Supreme Silk Screen website or by calling 908 - 753 - 2076. 

The Sai Datta Peetham of South Plainfield, Founder Raghu Sankaramanchi and Subha Patibandla, the charity leader, donated crates of fresh bananas for families with food insecurities in South Plainfield during COVID19.

The FLAG Frontline Appreciation Group/Joe Sorrentino have been donating meals to many of the area Frontline workers.  On Friday, May 22, 2020, Joe donated 90 meals to the Frontline workers at AristaCare, and the Boyle Memorial Foundation and the South Plainfield Mayor’s Wellness Committee donated 170 bags to the residents at AristaCare filled with hand cream, chapstick, hand sanitizers and soft granola bars.  The bags were assembled by Ali Gibson and her children: Alex, Jace, and Macie.  Macie, who is five years old, also hand drew cards for the 170 residents.  The bags were delivered by Ali Gibson, Stephanie Bartfalvi, and Debbie Boyle from the Mayor’s Wellness Committee.  The frontline heroes and CEO Steven Isaccs were amazed by the generosity of Joe Sorrentino and the FLAG Frontline Appreciation Group for the donation of lunch which was purchased from Angelina’s Restaurant in South Plainfield. 

There are multiple families in South Plainfield who still have food insecurities due to the loss of jobs by heads of the household.  There are also students whose families cannot afford to continue to pay for internet services so their children can continue to participate in virtual learning, even though the governor mandated that the services not be turned off and no late fees be charged.  Late fees are still being charged for internet and phone bills.  Donations are being accepted on behalf of Shirley Thompson and The Boyle Memorial Foundation .  We will continue to help pay for these services and food gift cards through continued donations from residents.  If residents consider further donations please make checks payable to the Boyle Memorial Foundation, 209 Van Fleet Avenue, South Plainfield, New Jersey  07080, or text 908 803 1573, or venmo funds. or e-mail bdmmp209@aol.com

Debbie Boyle

The Boyle Memorial Foundation


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