Most residents of Glen Ridge are familiar with the Kiwanis Club’s clothing drives which have been held in town for decades. With the generous help of the town’s citizens, the Club has donated truckloads of clothing and other items to local organizations that provide for the needy. Among the organizations they have worked with include All Saints Ministry in Orange, Integrity House in Newark, and current partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Many years ago, the clothing drive was taken over by long-time resident of Glen Ridge, Joseph T. Connolly. Over the years, Connolly made many improvements to the drive, changing it from an annual drive to a semi-annual drive held in the spring and fall. Though it started out as a clothing drive, Connolly expanded it first to include children’s toys, and then to what it is today: the Clothing and Household Goods Drive.
Recently, Glen Ridge and the club lost Connolly, who died on February 13. Judge Connolly served as Municipal Court Judge in Glen Ridge for 32 years. He will be remembered as an enduring presence on the bench, a supporter of the community, a volunteer helping those who were struggling, and a devoted husband, brother, father, and grandfather.
To honor the life and generosity of Judge Connolly, the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge is renaming its collection drive. The next drive – and the very first Joseph T. Connolly Clothing and Household Goods Drive – will be held on Saturday, April 7. As always, it will be held in the Glen Ridge High School parking lot from 8:30am until 12:30pm.
Items collected include small appliances, bedding, books, toys, clothing, electronics, household goods, kitchenware, sporting goods and more. Just about anything that would have value to someone who might be less fortunate than you will be accepted. All donations are fully tax deductible.
Year after year, the residents of Glen Ridge have generously donated to the cause. The Kiwanis Club hopes to see everyone there again this year to support an extremely worthwhile event. If you are interested in getting involved in the drive or any of the other events that our Kiwanis Club undertakes, come to the high school on April 7.