With the holiday season rapidly approaching its culmination, this time of year may be less than happy for South Brunswick's less fortunate without help from the community.
The township Social Services Department still needs families, businesses or organizations to adopt families for the annual Adopt-a-Family gift program. To date, there has been 131 families that have been adopted.
"We are not sure how many more will sign up, but have had numerous calls," said Social Services Director LouAnne Wolf. "We will also be giving out food to over 80 individuals without children."
Social Services aided over 200 families during Thanksgiving with food boxes, and is expected to help about 230 families by the time Christmas arrives.
The following items are still needed for holiday food boxes:
- boxed rice
- side dishes
- cranberry sauce
- boxed cake mixes and brownies
- canned tomatoes
Beginning this week the Social Services offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to drop off food is asked to please do so by 4 p.m., or call the department at 732 329-4000 ext. 7674 to make other arrangements.
Wolf also praised South Brunswick resident Mike Fingerhut, a local businessman who contacted his counterparts across the country to donate a huge amount of food, of which they were able to get over seven pallets of much needed food for the holidays. Fingerhut is also giving food to the Food Bank in Hillside and the M.C.F.O.O.D.S program. M.C.F.O.O.D.S had a large amount of water and South Brunswick will be getting a pallet of it to give out as well.
"We are very fortunate that those in need in South Brunswick will not go without," Wolf said. "It's individuals like Mike and so many more who have gone above and beyond to help those families in need."
To Adopt-a-Family, donate or volunteer for South Brunswick Social Services, call 732-329-4000 ext. 7674.