SPARTA, NJ – Dozens of volunteers and organizations from Northern New Jersey prepared 140 delicious homemade Thanksgiving meals for those in need in Sussex County.
On the day before Thanksgiving, 100 of the meals were delivered to the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville which hosts a Norwescap Food Pantry in their church. The other 40 meals went to Family Promise of Sussex County in Newton.
Joseph DiPaolo, the President of Newton Medical Center, said, “On this Thanksgiving Day as every day, we are proud to share God’s many blessings with our neighbors.” The Newton Medical Center very generously contributed 20 meals and also cooked another 10 turkeys which were donated by Fossil Farms in Boonton, NJ.
Ben Del Coro, an executive with Fossil Farms and a Co-founder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market said, “It was our honor and privilege to give back and help out.”
Vicky Que, a medical science writer and a former NPR reporter for 15 years volunteer to help pick up and deliver many of the meals along with her two children, Tai and Leia.
Tai said, “When I saw all the turkeys, soups, pies I thought this will feed an army.”
“One family even sent Thanksgiving flowers and place settings with their meal donation,” said her sister Leia. “That was so sweet. There was a lot of love in the church hall.”
Becky Carlson, the Executive Director of the Center for Prevention & Counseling said, “As the daughter of a home economics teacher, making a big Thanksgiving meal for family continues to be a big part of the holiday and being able to give that gift to another family was so rewarding. My grandson helped me make our traditional applesauce as part of our meal understanding this was going to another family in need of some help this holiday. I thank Mitch and crew for putting together this big endeavor to help our neighbors in Sussex County.”
Michelle Abate, Director of Marketing Resort Sales and Marketing at Crystal Springs in Hamburg, NJ said, “Our Northern New Jersey region is certainly blessed by the thoughtful actions of those who give of their time, finances and energy this holiday season.”
Mitch Morrison, Co-founder of the Sparta Farmers Market, the Tour de Farm NJ and the Student Success Program, helps coordinate this annual program. Morrison said, “Our friends and family are so extremely generous with their time, energy, effort and monies. There were gourmet meals prepared and delivered with so much love. They understand that there is a growing need to reach out to help our fellow brothers and sisters in need.”
Taryn Peppo, President of Manhattan Maintenance Company; a janitorial services company in northwest New Jersey said, “All meal recipients were thankful for the love that was served along with the delicious food. I am grateful to have been a part of this community effort.”
Made possible by contributions from:
• Deb Masterson, Sara Morrison, Jane Bova, Becky Kesselman, Chantelle Martino, Maria and Steph Lange, Michelle Abate, Donna Fell, Anne Murphy, Laura DeLea,
• Korey Lee, Sharon Tartaglia, Carolyn Tarantino, Carole Martini, Lee Daly, Vicky Que, Tai and Leia Ruvo, John Miller, Ryan Van Wingerden, Matt and Charlotte Putnam
• Tracey and Andre de Waal from Andre’s,
• the Newton Medical Center,
• the Sparta Classic Diner,
• Fossil Farms/Janice Stevens,
• Taryn Peppo, www.ManhattanMaintenance.com
• France Dell Donne, Becky Carlson, Dana and Doug Radford, Patty Consolazio,
• Lisa Greebel, Cynthia Boseski, Ginny Nowell, Christianne Erickson, Lynn Vannosdall,
• Doug and Jeanny Race from Race Farms,
• Dave Zelov and Danielle Szepi from Kittatinny Mountain Farm,
• Roman Osadca from Valley Fall Farm
Article by: JENNIFER DERICKS
Photo Credits: Mitch Morrison