Still Not Too Late to Donate: Livingston Philanthropies’ Toiletries Collection Shifts into “Low Gear” for the Summer Months

Submitted by Westessex1 on Wed, 05/24/2017

Livingston Philanthropies founder and director Jeff Friedman has announced that its Toiletries and Cosmetics Challenge will continue to collect small-sized toiletries and new cosmetics for another week, but after that will be “shifting into low gear” as Friedman takes a temporary hiatus this summer. Donations will still be accepted at the Tribune and other drop-off points, although Friedman will be unable to do private pick-ups. Distribution will take place on a more limited schedule during the summer months.

“Please don’t forget our other outreach initiative, ‘Personal Shopping for the Homeless,’ ” added Friedman. “Everything is needed, and I literally mean everything, with special emphasis on men’s socks; diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6; toiletry items; and feminine hygiene products, such as wipes and sanitary pads. In keeping with our motto – ‘If you see something, buy something.’ ”

He added, “I may be taking a break, but the need never does!”
Livingston residents’ continued generosity facilitated visits to long-time distribution partners in Newark. Seventy-five toiletries and cosmetics gift bags were presented to Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF) in time for its upcoming job fair.

Next, Livingston Philanthropies volunteers stopped at the Willing Heart Community Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Men’s dress attire, including suits, sports coats, dress shirts, neckties and dress slacks, were presented to building manager and long-time Livingston Philanthropies friend Luis Martinez for distribution.

Donations of new, travel-sized toiletries, cosmetics, feminine hygiene pads and diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6 may be dropped at the offices of Livingston Philanthropies partner the West Essex Tribune, located at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite. Donations may also be left at West Orange Jewelers at 16 Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland; at Ascend Physical Therapy at 119 Grove Street in Montclair; and at the chiropractic offices of Dr. Gary Hecht, 235 Mountain Avenue, Springfield.

In his last week of conducting the Toiletries Challenge before his hiatus, Friedman noted, “I’d like to quote New England transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, who lived from May 25, 1803 to April 27, 1882. He said, ‘You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.’ Right now, it’s still not too late, so go for it!”


Shown here during a recent distribution run to the Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF) headquarters in Newark are Livingston Philanthropies founder and director Jeff Friedman, left, with Markisha Cox Deville, director of the Supportive Assistance for Individuals and Families (SAIF) Program, and Diane Young, interim executive director of the NESF.

Thanks to Livingston residents’ generosity, the Willing Heart Community Center in Newark recently received a big load of men’s dresswear. Carrying them in is building manager Luis Martinez.