SUMMIT, NJ - One by one they came. Many drove, others rode, while some simply walked up.
Summit's residents again opened their hearts to help their neighbors who are struggling, donating 8,000 pounds of frozen turkeys and groceries, making the eighth annual Frozen Turkey Drive another big success.
All donations, including, monetary gifts, benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ).
According to the Other Fellow First Foundation, organizers of the event, more than two and one-half tons of frozen turkeys were donated, along with one and one-half tons of groceries. There were a steady stream of drop-offs all day outside The Summit Diner, with cars, cyclists, and pedestrians filing through in an orderly fashion on Union Place.
Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad assisted those donating in placing their foodstuffs in appropriate bins, while Summit Police Department Auxiliary officers kept traffic patterns seamless.
The event began at 10 a.m., with the second annual "Turkey Ride." A group of nearly 70 riders -- almost double the size of last year's peloton -- left Hilltop Bicycles for 12-mile ride with a brief, but unique, stop at Kings Food Market to purchase a frozen turkey.
Cyclists then set off with their birds in backpacks and headed to the Diner's collection bins. Momentum Cycling and Fitness was the site an indoor version of the Turkey Ride, hosting a spin class that was free to anyone making a donation to the CFBNJ..
Spearheaded by Other Fellow First Chairman Brett Haire, the Foundation each year asks Hilltop City residents to help New Jersey families in distress around Thanksgiving and, each year, residents have turned out in force to share their generosity with the less fortunate, contributing more than 20 tons of turkeys, nearly 15 tons of groceries, and approaching $100,000 in cash since the event's inception.
The Foundation is quick to point out that, while the event was again successful, the need is ongoing, and monetary donations are always welcome and accepted. To learn more about the Other Fellow First Foundation, or to make an online donation, visit summitdiner.org.
Donations are also accepted in person at the Summit Diner -- located at 1 Union Place -- or by check, made payable to Other Fellow First Foundation and mailed to:
47 Summit Avenue