SUMMIT NJ - It wasn't 'chamber of commerce weather' but it was a sight to see. What 'it' was, in fact, was a beautiful picture - a snapshot of what makes Summit, Summit.
Despite a nasty weather day all around, Hilltop City residents opened their hearts, pantries, and wallets to help those less fortunate during tough times.
Using the landmark Summit Diner as the operation's headquarters, the Ninth Annual Frozen Turkey Drive surpassed even last year's totals, collecting 284 frozen turkeys -- 10 percent more than in 2015 -- and more than 3,000 pounds of groceries. Also, $1,750 in cash was raised, bringing the total donated, since the drive's inception, to an impressive:
- 23.5 tons of frozen turkeys
- 14 tons of groceries
- $88,000 in cash
All donations, including monetary gifts, benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ).
There was a consistent flow 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 9:30 a.m., with the third annual "Turkey Ride." A group of intrepid cyclists made a trek in and around Summit, stopping at Kings Food Market to purchase frozen turkeys, and then wheeled their way back into downtown to drop them off.
Momentum Cycling & Fitness was again the site an indoor version of the Turkey Ride, hosting a spin class fundraiser.
The brainchild of the Other Fellow First Foundation and its Chairman, Brett Haire, the Drive encourages 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 those in need,
in addition to thanking Summit Mayor Nora Radest, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, the Summit Auxiliary Police, Investors Bank, Kings Food Market, The American Legion, and The Summit High School Key Club, Haire said 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