“Personal Shopping/Shipping for the Homeless” LPI Initiative Growing, Notes Charity’s Director

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) founder and director Jeff Friedman has noted that the non-profit organization’s “Personal Shopping/Shipping for the Homeless” initiative is continuing to thrive.
As an example, he notes that, after learning about the “Personal Shopping/Shipping for the Homeless” program, Robert Waldron, operations manager at Gilbane Building Company in Newark, decided to get involved.
“I know of LPI, as I lived in Living-ston for my entire life before moving to Roseland a few years ago,” Waldron said. “So every week I read the LPI articles in the West Essex Tribune.”
Waldron recounted, “The company I work for has been in Newark for about a year and half, and earlier this year we did something directly with St. John’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Newark (a long-time LPI distribution partner). When a few of us sat down a couple of weeks ago to review what we would do next, I suggested LPI.” 
On Monday, January 18, Gilbane representatives who coordinated a company-wide new coats and clothing initiative for LPI presented their donations to representatives of Newark’s Willing Heart Community Care Center, another long-time LPI distribution partner.
“I invite other businesses, service organizations and families to join community-minded neighbors like the Gilbane Building Company to do ‘Personal Shopping/Shipping for the Homeless,’ ” said Friedman. “This is a time of crisis!”
Friedman continued, “Amazon and other outlets are ripe with discounts for warm coats, gloves, hats and anything men’s in large and extra-large. Diapers, wipes and baby lotion represent huge needs right now.” 
Friedman can be contacted at njhomeless@aol.com. Donors are invited to visit LPI’s newly updated website at njhomeless.org. Direct contributions can be mailed to LPI, P.O. Box 247, Livingston, NJ 07039 or handled at paypal.me/lpinj.

Photo:  On Monday, Robert Waldron and Gilbane staff members who coordinated a company-wide new coats and clothing initiative for LPI, presented their donations to Newark’s Willing Heart Community Care Center “Ladies of the Boutique;” Karen Friedman, LPI board VP and volunteer; and Jeff Friedman, founder and director at LPI.

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