After “Balmy Break,” Temperatures Expected To Plummet and Coats Needed More Than Ever

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After a “balmy break” with temperatures in the 50s, the weather is expected to turn again this weekend, continuing the need for donated coats and winter accessories, announced Jeff Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).
“Temperatures are forecast to drop into the 20s and lower this Saturday,” said Friedman. “This means continued and extended crisis for the ‘poor, homeless and disenfranchised’ population we have been serving at LPI for eight years. Both from personal observation and statistics published in the press, the situation is getting worse. Assistance from the ‘haves’ is badly needed for the ‘have nots’ – right now and more than ever. I can’t think of a single reason why we shouldn’t reallocate just a bit of our resources to those living below the poverty line or actually out on the cold streets.”
Friedman continued, “To be clear, the resources I’m referring to are both physical and financial. Livingston Philanthropies is reaching out for warm coats, gloves, scarves, hats, toiletries, cosmetics, diapers, men’s dress attire, and family clothing. Please drop your donations at the office of our partner, the West Essex Tribune, at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite. Or email me at to arrange private pick-up.”
Now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, LPI can accept monetary donations as well, Friedman noted. “Those who are able to provide relief for the very poor can do so directly at or by mail at LPI, P.O. Box 247, Livingston, NJ 07039. Donations are tax deductible.”
In conclusion, Friedman said, “Honoring the beginning of Black History Month, I’ll close with the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, ‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.’ ”


    Livingston Philanthropies volunteers recently met two year old Attiyah at St. John’s Women’s Center in Newark. They were thrilled to have a doll in the car for her. Attiyah was happy, which made LPI volunteers happy. “Here is an example of your donations at work,” said LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Because someone in Livingston cared, this little girl has some joy in the midst of a precarious existence.”

“Coat Guy” Needs
Men’s Sneakers
Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston Philanthropies, has reported that a call for men’s sneakers in all sizes (and in good condition) has been put out by “Pat the Shoe Lady” at Willing Heart Community Center, one of the Livingston-based charity’s distribution partners.
Willing Heart, located in Newark, runs a clothing boutique for the homeless, Friedman explained. Homeless individuals are invited to come in and shop “free of charge” for needed items of clothing and shoes.
“Pat understands the shoes will be used,” said Friedman. “But wouldn’t it be great if some generous Livingston residents decided to go ‘personal shopping for the homeless?’ ”
New sneakers or used ones in good condition may be dropped at the offices of the West Essex Tribune, 495 South Livingston Avenue, during business hours.


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