Livingston Philanthropies Thanks Donors

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Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), this week expressed his thanks to the “many hundreds of Livingston residents and organizations who have donated thousands of badly needed items, and thousands of dollars toward LPI’s Vehicle Fund.”
In addition, he said, “I want to thank our current and past volunteers. It’s been eight seasons of selflessness, including this summer, with pick-ups and deliveries being handled by LPI’s stalwarts.”
Friedman also “wanted to recognize our loyal partner from the very beginning, Livingston’s West Essex Tribune, and its talented editorial staff.”
He added, “Finally, thanks need to go to those from neighboring towns who continue to make a huge difference for LPI. Among them is Jenn Mortensen, a science teacher at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield and co-chairwoman of the Volunteer Club. Each year, Jenn’s students collect hundreds of warm coats for Livingston Philanthropies. They make meat loaves and fresh sandwiches, too, which LPI volunteers immediately bring to the Bessie Green Community in Newark, one of our long-time distribution partners.”
In conclusion, Friedman said, “I would like to quote from American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant’s song, ‘Kind and Generous,’ which expresses my feelings perfectly. ‘You’ve been so kind and generous, I don’t know how you keep on giving, For your kindness I’m in debt to you, For your selflessness, my admiration… For your kindness I’m in debt to you, and I never could have come this far without you.’ ”

Photo: Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) founder and director, Jeff Friedman, receives frozen meat loaves and several hundred sandwiches from Jenn Mortensen, co-director of the Volunteer Club at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield. LPI connected with Mortensen and her student club through an introduction from Livingston resident and Springfield chiropractor Dr. Gary Hecht.

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