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Thanksgiving Donations Needed at Local Non-Profit Agency

Project Self-Sufficiency
Volunteers will pack Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of local families at Project Self-Sufficiency.Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency is soliciting assistance for hundreds of low-income families who need a little extra help this season, by asking area residents and organizations to donate traditional Thanksgiving food, or to donate funds towards the purchase of food. The agency will gratefully receive pumpkin or apple pies; canned vegetables, including yams and cranberry sauce; dinner rolls; gravy; stuffing and mashed potato mixes. Frozen turkeys will also be accepted; however, donors are asked to alert the agency ahead of time if frozen turkeys will be donated. The non-profit agency is gearing up to distribute complete Thanksgiving dinners to approximately 500 local families this year, so monetary donations are particularly needed.

“Requests for assistance are pouring in every day and we expect to serve nearly 500 families this year,” explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “However, our wonderfully generous community has consistently demonstrated compassion towards our participants during the holidays and we are confident that this year will be no exception. “

Contributions, or notification of the intent to contribute, are requested by Friday, November 12th, to allow ample time to package and distribute the goods to needy families. Frozen turkeys can be delivered on Monday, November 22nd, between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; turkeys cannot be accepted earlier or later due to the lack of refrigerated storage space. Individuals and families who need help at Thanksgiving are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.

Thanksgiving donations will be gratefully accepted at Project Self-Sufficiency which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. To donate, or to find out more about the programs and services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit

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Project Self-Sufficiency is a community-based non-profit organization which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey. Programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include family literacy education, computer training and job placement services, assistance with parenting skills, childcare, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs. To donate or for more information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit or call 973-940-3500.

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