WEST ORANGE, NJ — Once again this giving season, the West Orange community rallied to provide Thanksgiving meals to struggling families.
The two largest outreaches were the Mayor's Sunshine Fund and the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry.
With the community’s help, including a non-perishable food collection through West Orange Public Schools, the Mayor’s Sunshine Fund distributed more than 120 baskets that included turkeys and trimmings.
The Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry was able to purchase turkeys to start off their distribution with the help of the West Orange Fire Department FBA, and food drives from the West Orange Police Department’s Community Services Unit, Brighton Gardens, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the West Orange Rotary, Kessler Rehabilitation and more also helped to fill the shelves.
Residents Jarrett Seltzer and Barry Geltzeiler also helped gather bags of sides and turkeys.
Ultimately, more than 200 bags and turkeys were collected and donated to the pantry this year.
"We can't begin to thank everyone who helped," said Food Pantry Administrator Cynthia Cumming. “It's a pretty amazing thing to start the month off with nothing and get to the end of the month filled to overflowing. West Orange is a truly wonderful community.”