Elizabeth, NJ, November 18, 2011 – With the Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching, the season of charitable giving is filling the hearts of those who are able to help those who are less fortunate. On Friday, November 18th, volunteers from the Elizabeth Police Benevolent Association gathered to assemble and distribute over three hundred bags of frozen turkeys and other canned goods to local charities.
For more than 30 years, this annual Thanksgiving tradition has provided food to thousands of residents and families throughout New Jersey’s fourth largest municipality.
“Each year the Elizabeth PBA comes together at the very heart of Thanksgiving to give back to those in need throughout our city,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “During these difficult times when less and less working families can make ends meet, it is important that those of us who can donate time or goods, give what we can.”
Volunteer officers quickly and efficiently unloaded supplies, set up tables, lined up empty grocery bags and moved rapidly from station to station gathering materials.
The result of the giveaway was the delivery of three hundred and sixteen grocery bags filled with goods to churches, soup kitchens, hospices and other charitable organizations throughout the City of Elizabeth.
In less than an hour, the PBA ensured that hundreds of Elizabeth families will not go hungry this Thanksgiving.