Hand-Knit Donations

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For years, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has received many hundreds of hand-knit items from Creative Hands of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Essex County Section. LPI just received hundreds more, including beautifully crafted children’s sweaters, hat/scarf sets, blankets, hats and dolls. LPI volunteers delivered the bounty of warmth and comfort to long-time distribution partners, the Bessie Green Community, Newark Emergency Services for Families, and the Willing Heart Community Care Center, all food pantry operations and providers of varied services to the homeless and profoundly poor. Debbie Shelkowitz, shown here, and her colleague, Barbara Kerner, of Creative Hands dropped their generous donations directly into the LPI van for transport downtown. LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman noted, “As the character Aibileen said in the feature film The Help by Kathryn Stockett, ‘Kindness don’t have no boundaries.’ ”

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