SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Thanks to the generosity of library patrons and community members, the holidays will be a little brighter this year for dozens of South Plainfield families in need. 

Each year, the South Plainfield Public Library erects an ‘Angel Tree’ to assist the borough’s department of social services ‘Adopt-A-Family’ initiative. The tree, located in the library’s lobby, went up this year on Nov. 16 and was adorned with 86 tags for ‘wish list’ items. 

According to Library Director Linda Hansen, patrons generously purchased gifts – including but not limited to clothing, toys, household items, electronics, gift cards, and more – for 43 individuals from 18 local families. 

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“We are happy to be able to work with social services each year,” said Hansen. “We are so very grateful for the outpouring of support residents show each and every holiday season.”

The library also annually supports the borough’s social service efforts in the form of a monetary donation and, on Dec. 10, its board of trustees, presented the department’s director Heather Barry with a check for $3,000. The money, a portion of what is collected by the library for patron fines during the year, will enable social services to help local families this holiday season and into 2020. 

“The social services department is run exclusively on the kindness of South Plainfield residents and organizations. The South Plainfield Library has always been such a strong supporter of this department and allows us to continue to help families in need,” said Barry. “It is wonderful how generous residents are and how much they support helping others during the holidays as well as throughout the year.” 

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