Madison Eagle Nov 6 Edition, MADISON: The weather may have dampened some Madison Halloween traditions last week, but the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund will continue to bring joy to many neighbors in need in town for the holiday season.
The Madison Eagle Christmas Fund, a proud Madison tradition that has assisted thousands of Madison’s families and senior citizens for more than 40 years, has begun collecting donations to help brighten the holidays for Madison residents in need. The Christmas Fund is a community effort with civics and religious groups, merchants, schools, volunteers and individual donors teaming up to help neighbors with financial challenges. Last year, the fund assisted 70 families and 60 senior citizens, providing holiday gifts such as coats, toys, books, grocery and gas gift cards for close to 300 Madison residents.
The Christmas Fund is once again seeking local residents to continue the tradition of “neighbors helping neighbors” and accepts both cash donations as well as gifts collected through area businesses and schools. Tax-deductible cash donations, essential to the fund’s mission, can be made through the insert provided in the October electric bill; by posting a check payable to the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 2, Madison, N.J. 07940, or directly through the website at www.madisoneaglechristmasfund.org/monetary-donations/.
All three Madison elementary schools — the Central Avenue School at 50 Central Ave., the Kings Road School at 215 Kings Road, and the Torey J. Sabatini School on Glenwild Circle at 359 Woodland Road — are now collecting donations of new books, sporting equipment, and school and art supplies such as crayons and coloring books, as well as gloves, hats and mittens for children up to age 12. Gifts for “tweens” are especially needed. Boxes are located at all three school entrances so that children can easily drop the new, unwrapped items on their way into school. This year, the Madison Public Library at 39 Keep St. also will have a box for the collection of new children’s, teen and adult books. The collection boxes will be in place until Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Madison merchants join the effort by serving as collection sites or providing discounts on gift cards that are purchased from the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund. Some, like The Bar Method at 122 Main St. and the Madison Pharmacy at 66 Main St., are running their own promotions and using the proceeds to make a cash donation to the fund. The Madison Pharmacy is offering Madison-themed tote bags — and will be contributing part of the proceeds to the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund. The Bar Method is selling special discount cards for neighborhood businesses and donating proceeds to the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund and other charities.
Madison Chamber of Commerce members will be serving as drop-off stations:
For Toy Collections: Coldwell Banker at 49 Main St., Provident Bank at 98 Main St., Cleaners Advantage at https://www.cleanersadvantage.com/, Sugar Rush at 10 Waverly Place, Weichert at 15 Prospect St., Lakeland Bank at 265 Main St., Fulton Bank at 18 Elmer St.;
For Glove Collections: Adams Dental at 1 Kings Road;
Many town businesses allow the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund to purchase gift cards for the approved families and senior citizens at a discounted rate, stretching raised funds even further. These merchants include: Alfred’s Sports Shop of 32 Main St.; Ann’s Nails of 65 Main St.; the Bagel Chateau of 45 Main St.; the Bottle Hill Tavern of 13 Waverly Place, Burlington Coat of 240 Route 10 in East Hanover; Crowley Cupcakes of 9 Waverly Place; Drip Coffee of 34 Main St.; Frutta Bowls of 57 Main St.; La La Land Hair and Beauty Room of 36 Main St.; the Madison Pharmacy of 66 Main St.; Main Street Subs of 187 Main St.; the Marc Anthony Salon of 32 Lincoln Place; McCool’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt of 26 Main St; the Nautilus Diner of 97 Main St.; Romanelli’s Pizza and Italian Eatery of 42 Lincoln Place; the Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub of 23 Main St.; Slamwich Scratch Kitchen of 143 Main St.; the Stop & Shop of 133 Main St.; Suburban Shop Shoes of 5 Waverly Place; Sugar Rush of 10 Waverly Place; T&J Sunoco of 31 Kings Road; Tons of Toys of 64 Main St., and Urban Fire of 6 Main St.
The Madison Eagle Christmas Fund raises about $30,000 annually, and relies solely on donations and volunteers to cover operating expenses. To learn about the fund and other donation opportunities in town, visit www.madisoneaglechristmasfund.org and “like” the group on Facebook.
Among the first donors boosting the Christmas Fund this year in helping Madison neighbors in need are:
Grace Episcopal Church; Barbara Stevenson; Nancy Adamczyk; William DeLuca; Antoinette Murphy; Margery Van Court; Douglas and Rae Sladen; Maryann and Hank Doherty; Michael and Olga Soriano; the Leo Family; Gail Faulkner; Barbara Penders; Diane and Bob Richton; Peter and Joan Rogers; Chris and Theresa Cook; Joyce Alexander; Ruth Zowader and Philip Anderson; David and Sylvia Luber; Elaine and Bill Watson; Isaura Warren; Sue Idleman;
Madison Elks Lodge No. 1465; the MacMaster Family; Clare and Rob Mutone; Cecilia Dilzell; Anne Milanesi; Joanne Cuva; Cali and Andy Yost; Meyra Green; Linnea Foster; Joseph Balwierczak; Central Ave. Laundromat; Lessie Culmer-Nier; John and Kim Terracciano; Bill and Carol List; Norman and Mimi Golob; Alison and Allen Spatola; John and MaryBeth Forte; Mr. and Mrs. Chris Brown; Karen Jeisi; Jerry Stephenson; Terry Kidner; Prima On Main; and Dorothy Horstmann.