WESTFIELD, NJ — People of all ages are invited to  Edison Intermediate School’s first Community Service Day this Saturday, April 30. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers can drop by for any amount of time to lend a hand to more than 30 local organizations.

“It’s going to be big,” said Lisa Blitt, one of the event’s organizers. She hopes tosee 500 volunteers throughout the day.

Activities will include making sandwiches for the hungry, writing letters to troops, learning from the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, making toys for rescued dogs, painting lockers, making birdfeeders from recycled bottles and more.

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“There are so many awesome things that are going to be there,” Blitt said.

She thanked Josh Wang, owner of Manhattan Bagel, for donating coupons for a free bagel and hot cocoa to be given to students participating in the event.

Several items will be collected for various projects that day:

Used sports equipment for the Plainfield Y. Specifically, they hope to collect soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, football flags, tennis rackets, lacrosse gear, goals, cones, hula hoops and jump ropes.



Vegetable seeds for the the Seed the Future project to help people in Bolivia.

“The organization we work with, Mano a Mano, teaches the rural Bolivian people how to build greenhouses, catch rainwater, maintain the vegetables and gives them the tools to do it,” Blitt said. “Three packets of vegetable seeds will feed one family for a year.”

Seeds needed are: Beets, peppers, celery, zucchini, yellow zucchini, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, green or wax beans, peas, lettuce, parsley, carrots, squash, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and cherry tomatoes.

Travel-size toiletries for homeless people. “We have several toothbrush and toothpaste donations from Dr. Bosanac in Clark, Dr. Matos in Elizabeth and Dr. McCabe in Westfield,” Blitt said. Shampoo and body wash are still needed.

Edison Intermediate School is located at 800 Rahway Avenue. Service Hours will be given for all projects.