SPARTA, NJ – Sparta UNICO was busy delivering Thanksgiving turkeys around the county. This year as in the past they donated turkeys to five different food pantries:
- Manna House received 10
- Bodni Monastary received 10
- Sparta Presbyterian Church received six
- Roxbury Social Services received a dozen
- Sussex County Food Pantry received a dozen
“It is our tradition to help the underprivileged kids and families during the holiday season,” said Ken Carafello. “For Christmas we typically have a Christmas party in lieu of our regular monthly meeting. We also ask our members to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Project Self Sufficiency. This year we decided to put drop boxes in a couple locations to try and accumulate a few more toys ahead of time.”
The first drop off location will be at J Thomas Jewelers located at 243 Sparta Ave Sparta, “thanks to our friend and UNICO Member, owner, Lenny Girardo”.
The second location will be at Salon Di Michele located at 29 West Shore Trial, Sparta, “thanks to our friend and UNICO member, owner, Heather DI Michele.”
UNICO is a service organization that supports the community with events such as theZerbini Circus, Easter Egg Hunt, sponsorship of Summer Concerts in the Park. Through their various fundraising efforts such as Clothing Drive, Golf Outing and Bowl-a-thon, UNICO provides a number of scholarships, support of cancer research and under priviledged children at Thanksgiving and Christmas.