Despite the frigid weather, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and a number of other volunteers turned out to collect frozen turkeys, canned goods and donations to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank on Nov. 24.
Conducted annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving in front of the Summit Diner, the Thanksgiving drive was first organized by the Other Fellow First Foundation and former Mayor Jordan Glatt in 2008.
Over the past six years, the one day event has produced 17 tons of frozen turkey, 10 tons of groceries and $79,000 in donations to benefit New Jersey’s less fortunate.
The success of the annual drive is a reflection of the caring spirit of Summit’s organizations and residents.
Emblematic of that spirit is the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad’s participation and support of the drive. The First Aid Squad is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has launched their first ever capital campaign to raise $5,000,000 to rebuild their outdated headquarters. Squad volunteers have been on call “24/7” for the last 50 years at no expense to the Summit taxpayers.
The little Other Fellow First Foundation and Jordan Glatt are co-chairing the capital campaign for the squad and have so far raised $4 million of the required $5 million. As before, squad members were again present in force to help collect turkeys and contributions, and thank Summit donors for their generous participation in the event.
Anyone interested in more campaign details can call: 908-522-8822.