LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Rotary Club of the Caldwells recently supported the ninth annual National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section’s (NCJW/Essex) Back 2 School Store, which is held each year to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged children in grades K-5 to shop cost free in a one-day pop-up store full of brand new clothes and school supplies donated by NCJW/Essex and its sponsoring partners.

The group of three local women, who call themselves “The Vixens,” is focused on raising funds and awareness for hyper-local causes to help women and children in the West Essex area. The group’s efforts raised $2500 in conjunction with the Rotary Club of the Caldwells to benefit this year’s Back 2 School Store.

The NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store volunteers escort shoppers through the store to pick out their own new backpack with school supplies, and a new outfit—complete with a winter coat, pants, shirt, sneakers, undergarments, and winter hats and gloves. Since 2009, and including this year, the Back 2 School Store has benefitted nearly 4700 children and utilized over 3200 volunteers who were involved in planning, organizing and working at the store on the day of the event.

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“We chose the Back 2 School Store as our focus this year because we recognized that there were many children in need, right in our own backyards,” said Samantha Cordaro McCoy, West Caldwell Library Director and one of The Vixens. “We heard a presentation about the project and knew we had to do something. We all had fond memories of the beginning of school and the shopping that went along with it and we wanted to make that possible for local children who are economically disadvantaged.”

“On behalf of NCJW/Essex, we want to thank The Vixens for their generous donation,” said NCJW/Essex president Shari Harrison. “We are so grateful to have such incredible sponsors to contribute to a cause so close to our hearts.  Without them, none of this would be possible.”

Pictured above, left to right, is Pamela Licht (Rogers Dance Studio), one of The Vixens, Cathy Silverman, Executive Director, NCJW/Essex, Jill Sorkin Johnson, Co-Chair of the 2017 Back 2 School Store, and Vixens Samantha Cordaro McCoy (West Caldwell Library) and Jennifer Hawley (Kearny Bank).