SUMMIT, NJ - On a day that a late score cemented the state championship for the town's high school football team, another drive in the Hilltop City also scored big.
The annual Summit Frozen Turkey Drive, founded and administered by the Other Fellow First Foundation, collected three tons of turkey, one and a-half tons of groceries and $4,000 in cash, bringing the event's 11-year totals to 30 tons of turkey, 17 tons of groceries and $94,000 in cash.
The Drive -- originally slated to begin at 1 p.m. -- started an hour early to accommodate football fans who were attending Summit High School's state title final against Rahway at Tatlock Park, a game that began at 1 p.m. and had been shifted from Saturday to Sunday due to snow cover on the field.
One by one, citizens pulled up, cycled up and walked up to collection bins outside the Summit Diner on Union Place. There, a large truck from the Community FoodBank of NJ was waiting along with members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, who were on hand to accept the donations, all of which benefit New Jersey families in need during a time of year that many are counting their blessings.
Congressman-elect Tom Malinowski was among those who stopped by to make a contribution.
Leading up to the Drive, Investors Bank had kicked off the effort with an underwriting gift. Other event supporters included American Legion Lindsey Street Post #322, Brave Asset Management and the New Jersey Community Foundation.
Those who would like to make a cash contribution -- but were unable to donate on the day of the Drive -- can visit otherfellowfirstfoundation.org/turkeydrive.