A local non-profit wants to help local families have a memorable holiday season.
The Wayne Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) will again distribute donated gift cards to local families who are in need of support this holiday season.
VOAD will match donations for food store and toy store gift cards up to $5,000. The non-profit would like local organizations and businesses to partner with them to match these donations.
VOAD was formed in 2011 in the days following Tropical Storm Irene. The grassroots organization assists residents during emergencies. The organization has made and delivered hot meals to residents following power outages and distributed thousands of dollars in gift cards to needy families following Tropical Storm Irene and Super storm Sandy.
Gift cards may be delivered to Regina Parks with the township’s department of social services, at the Municipal Complex, 475 Valley Road. Those donating should call Parks in advance at 973-694-1800, ext. 3281.
Cards need to be donated by Monday, Dec. 16. Gift cards may also be dropped off at Packanack Community Church, 120 Lake Drive East between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call the church at 973-694-0608 to ensure someone to there to receive gift cards. Rev. Karyn Ratcliffe, pastor of the church, is the chairwoman of VOAD.