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'Spirit of Christmas' Food Drive This Weekend

The Mahwah Police Department and Municipal Alliance are co-sponsoring the annual event

The Mahwah Municipal Alliance and Mahwah Police Department ‘Spirit of Christmas Food Drive’ is planned for this Sunday, Dec. 23 at the rear of Mahwah Police Headquarters from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The drive is collecting non-perishable food items such as canned goods, rice, pasta, noodles, and cereals, which will be delivered to the Center for Food Action.

This is an annual event sponsored by the Alliance and the Police Department.

Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said many groups of Mahwah students are planning to take part in the drive.

“As part of the MMA mission statement - which is geared toward instilling leadership and community involvement in our youth - student athletes from the Mahwah High School winter sports programs will be bringing their collection of donated food as a team project,” he explained. “Last year every winter sports team participated in the program, and we look forward to the same level of participation this year.”

Mayor Bill Laforet, who sits on the Board of Officers of the Mahwah Municipal Alliance, issued a statement commending High School Principal John Pascale and Athletic Director Roger Pelletier for their continued efforts in having the youth of the township involved in community projects.

Ramsey Auto Group President and MMA member Todd VanDuren not only provided trucks to transport the food but also donated two pallets of canned goods for the cause. According to MMA President Carolyn Blake said last year’s Spirit of Christmas Food Drive “was a special event for the township and provided countless families with much needed food.”

She added, “many families are faced with difficult economic situations and it is especially important to remember them during the holiday season.”

The above was submitted by the Mahwah Municipal Alliance.

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