SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Library Board of Trustees this week continued its annual tradition of donating funds to the South Plainfield Social Services Department.
On Dec. 14, South Plainfield Library Board members Darlene Tedesco-Cullen, Cheryl Nagel-Smiley and Stephanie Wolak along with Library Director Linda Hansen presented Social Services Director Marge Ackerman with a check for $2,500; the donation comes from fine money for late returns collected during the year.
Every year, the library makes a generous donation to our department. They are very supportive of us and all we do throughout the year,” said Ackerman, noting that the money will be used throughout the year to help families in need. “We are always very grateful for their generosity.”
In addition to an annual monetary donation, the Library also supports social services throughout the year with donations of food and other supplies to assist the South Plainfield Food Pantry. One of the library’s initiatives is to have participants donate food and/or supplies to the South Plainfield Food Pantry in lieu of paying a monetary admission to some children’s programs.
The borough’s food pantry is run out of the South Plainfield Senior Center and, throughout the year, social services works to keep the shelves stocked with non-perishable food items as well as paper goods, diapers, wipes, detergent, cleaning products and toiletries for families in need. High-demand items also include men’s socks, gloves and sweatshirts and donations of gift cards to local supermarkets so that residents may purchase milk, bread and other perishable items are always welcome.
"I am delighted that the South Plainfield Library Board of Trustees has once again decided to donate a portion of the fine money that we collect throughout the year to the social services department,” said Hansen. “Marge and her volunteers do a fantastic job of making sure that everyone in our community gets the help they need so it's great that we can do something to help support her work."
Additionally, each year during the holidays, the South Plainfield Social Service Department runs an Adopt-A-Family program; residents are able to adopt a family by reaching out to Ackerman directly. This year, the department was able to fill the wish lists of over 90 South Plainfield families and, according to Ackerman, the program’s success would not be possible without the support of various community groups, including Future Stars, the High School Athletic Department and Booster Club, and the Club at Ricochet, along with generous gift and cash donations from individuals and businesses.
“We are happy to support Marge and her staff and all they do for the community throughout the year,” said Tedesco-Cullen, president of the South Plainfield Library Board of Trustees. “I am happy the board can contribute and give back to the community for those in need.”
Residents, businesses, community groups and organizations interested in helping or donating items – gift cards to local grocery stores are always needed – can contact Margaret Ackerman at 908-226-7625/7628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.