Philanthropies Continues Coat, Toiletries Drive; Second Edition of Fur Sale a Great Success

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With the weather getting colder, Livingston Philanthropies’ winter coat drive season is going into high gear. “With evening temperatures forecast to be dropping to the mid-20s on Friday and Saturday, it’s coat and winter accessories season once again,” noted Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).
“It’s the same story every season – warm coats, jackets, hats, gloves and scarves are needed by the homeless and profoundly poor,” he continued. “Actually, with many experiencing cuts to benefits, it’s a worse situation this year and the need is more compelling than ever in 2019. It’s time to check closets, basements, attics and garages for unneeded and unused family coats. Most of us will find we have some to spare.”
“Fur Extravaganza” a Success
“Week two of our ‘Fur and Leather Extravaganza’ yielded wonderful results for the second time,” said Friedman. On October 26, Friedman held a sale of good quality donated fur and leather coats to benefit LPI. With pieces left over and many inquiring following the sale, Friedman decided to hold a ‘second edition” of the Fur Extravaganza the following week, and reported that the second sale was even more successful than the first. “Thank you to the many generous Livingston residents who donated family furs to our highly successful initiative.  As always, Livingston rocks!” he said.
Friedman explained that he sells the furs, rather than donating them directly to the homeless, as such expensive items make the recipients targets of theft, or worse.  
Proceeds from this year’s sales went to LPI’s vehicle fund. “The success of these sales, along with contributions received from individuals, family charitable funds and local service organizations, positions LPI to begin shopping for a long-needed vehicle,” he said. “I will contact several local dealerships in hope of finding a philanthropic owner who wants to offer a ‘deal’ to help provide for the homeless and profoundly poor.”
Trish Duffy Toiletries Challenge
Friedman also reported that LPI’s Trish Duffy Toiletries and Cosmetics Challenge is thriving, and the charity has been taking in a steady stream of travel-sized toiletries. “Trish, our late friend and a well-known Livingston resident, started it all some years back with her brilliant idea,” he said. “Since then, we have been collecting small sized toiletries and new cosmetics for the homeless. You can’t practice good personal hygiene without personal hygiene products, especially when you’re living on the cold streets of Newark and East Orange.”
Volunteers Needed
LPI is in urgent need of volunteers. “We continue to operate with a skeleton volunteer crew,” said Friedman. “We need help ASAP, especially with the ‘giving season’ fast approaching. The truth is, we have a good time making it all happen together. Plus, volunteers meet new, interesting people all the time. You can explore volunteering opportunities by sending me an email at njhomeless.org.”
In conclusion, Friedman said, “I’d like to share this quote from American author and poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox: ‘With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.’ ”
Donations of coats, winter accessories, travel-sized toiletries, and more may be dropped at the offices of LPI partner the West Essex Tribune, 495 South Livingston Avenue, during business hours.

Photo:     Livingston Philanthropies Inc.’s (LPI) Trish Duffy Toiletries and Cosmetics Challenge continues to generate thousands of deliverables for the homeless and profoundly poor. Sisters and Livingston High School graduates Denise Florio Glynn and Michele Florio-Campisi recently donated two huge boxes of high-end nail polish samples on behalf of Michele’s daughter, Gianna Marie, who creates nail polish colors and custom nail designs through her local company.

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