Be the Change Metuchen Program Supports Ozanam Shelter

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Be the Change - Metuchen

Downtown Metuchen businesses want you to "be the change" when visiting our downtown and shopping for school supplies this year. With the help of the Metuchen resident, Karolina Jekal, the Metuchen Downtown Alliance is proud to help promote an important initiative that helps to bring much needed school supplies and children's items to Newark school children and to the Ozanam Women & Family Shelter (Edison, NJ) through "Be the Change-NJ"

Visit participating retailers (list below) until August 20th to drop off schools supplies and baby items across Metuchen's downtown. Suggested donations include notebooks, backpacks, lunchboxes, diapers, wipes, formula etc. Community volunteers will be collecting the supplies to be distributed through Ms. Jekal's efforts with the Be the Change program. "I'm excited to have Metuchen businesses participate in this important cause. We're hoping to collect even more supplies this year with the help of the retailers to help even more children and families in need and help bring awareness to how many families are in need for basic supplies for school and home."

The Metuchen Downtown Alliance, while only a few months old, is also excited to help this important cause and showcase Metuchen's history of giving back. Reed Leibfried, longtime resident and Borough Council Member states, "Karolina and her work with Be the Change, has been a true advocate for Metuchen, and for the school children that desperately need these school supplies. In collaboration with the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, we continue to support her efforts and that of Be the Change-NJ in assisting children at need. Metuchen is a supportive community that strives to assist all in need and in coordination with our businesses and downtown Alliance, this initiative has proven to be a resounding success.

Residents are encouraged to visit participating retailers to make donations. A list of retailers and requested items can be found www.downtownmetuchen.org under the "Be the Change" banner.  

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