Two local merchants will make donations to local nonprofit CONTACT We Care in the coming weeks. CONTACT We Care, headquartered in Westfield, is a suicide prevention agency that operates a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline and provides suicide prevention training to the public.

Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics in Westfield will donate 15 percent of all purchases made this Thursday, Nov. 13, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to the agency. The store is located at 20 Elm Street.

Enchantments, a handmade jewelry store in Fanwood, will donate 20 percent of all purchases made Thursday, Nov. 4, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to the agency. The store is located at 234 South Avenue, across from the Fanwood Train Station.

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Money donated to contact We Care goes toward the operation of the agency, including keeping the hotline’s volunteer listeners on the phones. CONTACT’s more than 200 trained listeners answer more than 14,000 calls and texts annually from people in crisis, providing an empathetic ear and helping them see they have options. A donation of just $15 covers the cost of one average call or text exchange.

To donate online visit www.contactwecare.org and click the “Give” option.

CONTACT We Care can be reached 24/7 at 800.274.8255 or 908.232.2880 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The hotline's volunteer listeners also interact with those in distress through texts. Those who would prefer this option, including teenagers, should text "CWC" to 839863 Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All calls and texts are confidential.

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer listener at CONTACT We Care or scheduling training should contact Sue Fasano at 908.301.1899 or sue.fasano@contactwecare.org.

CONTACT We Care serves Central and Northern New Jersey and is a primary responder to calls to the national suicide prevention line (1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE) that originate in New Jersey. Callers also reach CONTACT by dialing 908-232-2880 or texting “CWC” to 839863.

About CONTACT We Care

CONTACT We Care, headquartered in Westfield and with a listening hub in Morristown, is Central and Northern New Jersey’s crisis listening line, receiving more than 17,000 calls per year.  CONTACT brings comfort and hope to people in emotional distress through active, empathetic and nonjudgmental listening.  All calls are free, anonymous and confidential.  If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call our hotline at 908-232-2880.  We are affiliated with CONTACT USA, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the American Association of Suicidology.  For general information about CONTACT We Care or to become a volunteer, call us at 908-301-1899 or visit our website at www.contactwecare.org.