LPI Director Offers Season Nine Report on Charity

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Editor’s Note: Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc., here gives a report on the Livingston charity’s ninth season.
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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is pleased to share its Season Nine report to the community, with associated metrics. The season wrapped up at the end of August.
We are thrilled to announce the beginning of our Anniversary Season Ten, as we continue re-inventing to accommodate ever-expanding needs as the pandemic grinds on.
For those Livingston residents receiving this week’s special townwide distribution of Livingston’s publication of record, the West Essex Tribune, our stalwart partner since the beginning of our journey, and others who may be less familiar with LPI’s work, our mission continues to be “providing for the homeless, profoundly poor, and disenfranchised.” This population is New Jersey’s poorest, living way below the poverty line.
While Livingston Philanthropies traditionally received and personally delivered warm coats, winter accessories including gloves, hats and scarves, toiletries, cosmetics, family clothing and more, our organization this spring experienced a quick paradigm shift, along with just about every entity throughout much of the country. Now, through the generous financial support of Livingston neighbors, civic organizations and family giving funds, LPI, since mid-March, has been shipping cases of food, pantry items and baby items directly to our network of distribution partners in Newark and East Orange.
Food is new for LPI, but vital to accommodate not only the homeless, but also the growing number of people losing jobs every day and finding themselves on food pantry lines for the first time in their lives. The jobs may be gone, but their families still need to eat and continue to suffer from food insecurity.
What about the babies and young children? They clearly require diapers, lotion, baby wipes and clothing. Indeed, newborns and infants are in dire need. That’s why LPI continues to provide diapers in all sizes, along with other sought-after, very real, and quite expensive items. In fact, diapers are out of reach financially for many. I experience “sticker-shock” when purchasing diapers, even by the case. For those neighbors visiting food stores, have a look at the prices when passing by the baby aisle. It’s a proverbial eye-opener.
Here are the metrics representing Livingston Philanthropies’ Season Nine of giving. Volunteers are not logistically able to quantify the many thousands of pounds of winter accessories, toiletries and family clothing kindly donated by our residents and swiftly delivered to those who need it the most.
I would also like to highlight additional accomplishments for LPI during its ninth season:
• Raised appropriate funding to purchase a Ford compact van, our first-ever conveyance. All deliveries were accomplished with volunteer vehicles prior to acquisition.
• Continued to receive monetary donations, which keeps the food and new merchandise rolling to our less fortunate neighbors.
Nero’s Grille donated some 130 dining room chairs in very good condition. The chairs furnished both the dining room at the Bessie Green Community and Soup Kitchen in Newark, and the multi-purpose room at United Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange.
• Facilitated by Livingston resident Jason Declet, LPI entered into an extremely fruitful partnership with Bimbo Bakeries of Wayne, delivering over 7,000 name-brand packages of baked goods to our distribution partners in Newark. In turn, the breads, bagels, English muffins, cakes, and many other donated items were distributed to those unfortunate citizens forced to endure long lines in bad weather due to food insecurity.
For those who are in a position to partner with LPI, helping us purchase whatever is vitally needed by Newark’s disenfranchised communities, please mail contributions to LPI, P.O. Box 247, Livingston, NJ 07039 or join the effort instantly on PayPal at paypal.me/lpinj.
I also invite Livingston residents to visit LPI’s website at njhomeless.org or watch our 90-second video at youtube.com/watch?v=BXbzTqGNDqc, or simply type Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. into your YouTube browser.
Thank you, Livingston neighbors, for making the dream come true, as Livingston Philanthropies embarks on Season Ten of giving. Also, a heartfelt thanks to LPI’s volunteers who unselfishly make it all happen year after year.

Metrics:

                    
Winter Coats Donated                2,003 (Over 13,000 since inception in 2011)      
Bimbo Bakeries Units (Packages)        7,250       
Volunteer Trips to Newark and East Orange    59       
Distribution Partner Deliveries            80       
Number of Monetary Contributions        92               
  

Photos:

    Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) volunteer Alan Levin and his wife Paula recently welcomed a new granddaughter. With an abundance of unused newborn items left over, LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman received a weighty delivery from Levin for donation to the infant and baby department at Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark, a long-time LPI distribution partner.

    Lisa Cherokee Raine Booker, one of the “Ladies of the Boutique” at Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark and long-time friend of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc., runs the newborn, infant and baby department at the Boutique. This week, Booker was the recipient of a rare on-site delivery from LPI, due to the dire need in the community and unexpected donations from LPI volunteer Alan Levin. Along with Levin’s large cache of unused newborn items and diapers, LPI purchased additional sizes of diapers, baby lotions and baby wipes.

    LPI board vice president Karen Friedman ordered diapers in multiple sizes, baby wipes and baby lotions, also for Newark’s Willing Heart Community Care Center. These purchases were made possible by Livingston residents’ generous donations.

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