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Freeholder Board Teams with Shine and Inspire Closet for Annual Donation Drive

Post Date:12/16/2019 10:00 AM


TRENTON – The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced a partnership with Mercer County non-profit Shine and Inspire for their annual winter donation drive. The Freeholders will be collecting personal hygiene products, school supplies, non-perishable food, and clothing. The drive will kick off on January 7, 2020 and run through February 25, 2020.

Sadly, in Mercer County many low-income and displaced children choose not to attend school because they cannot afford basic hygienic items. This is coupled with students not being able to afford food on days where free school lunch is not provided. Shine and Inspire recently opened Shine and Inspire Closets at Ewing High School and the Trenton Board of Education Headquarters. This allows students to take hygiene products, school supplies, clothing, or non-perishable food without fear of judgment.

“A student's sole focus should be school, they shouldn’t feel embarrassed about personal appearance or fear not being able to afford lunch when school is not in session,” said Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Colavita. “The Freeholders and I are proud to partner with Shine and Inspire and help grow their Shine and Inspire Closet initiative. The closet allows students to have a judgment-free zone where they can obtain the basic necessities we all need."

Donation boxes will be located throughout Mercer County;

  • Assemblyman Dan Benson Office  3691A Nottingham Way, Hamilton NJ
  • Berkshire Bank  All Mercer County Locations
  • County Administration Building — 640 South Broad Street, Trenton
  • Capital Area YMCA 431 Pennington Ave #10, Trenton
  • Ewing Municipal Building 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing
  • Ewing Community Center 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing
  • Hollowbrook Community Center 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing
  • Mercer County Library Branches — All Locations

For more information on Shine and Inspire and to learn more about their mission to enhance the quality of life for Mercer County residents through the charitable gifts of local businesses and members of the community, please visit their website

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