Tuesday, December 16, 2008


NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release: For More Information, Contact Tim Razzaq
Date: December 28, 2008 Phone: 206-202-2883

Greater Mercer County Residents Invited to Participate in Re-Gifting of Goods and Food Collection for Area's Poor

Responding to President-elect Obama's call to community service, Trenton-based group also promoting going green for the holidays

Trenton, NJ -- Instead of tossing the gifts you are not so fond of, give them up for a good cause. We Are Building Open Opportunity Structures Together will be collecting donations of food and household items on Saturday, January 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 4p.m at the Trenton Makes complex located at 439 South Broad Street. Area residents and businesses are asked to bring unwanted holiday gifts and other household and office items, as well as nonperishable, unopened boxed or canned food goods.

All items will be distributed to needy Trenton-Mercer and Bordentown residents through the Rescue Mission of Trenton and food bank of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bordentown as a part of the run-up for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and the historic presidential inauguration.

Almost anything can be donated including: unwanted holiday gifts of toys, clothing, jackets, bedding, cosmetics, toiletries, knick-knacks, decorative items (candles, vases, art...) new & used electronic items, and furniture, household and office fixtures, books, shelving, cabinets, unopened paper products, and stationary.


* Large & Small Items – (one day only) * We Are BOOST Office Trenton Makes Complex - 439 South Broad St. - Suite 201, Trenton, New Jersey 08611 Saturday, January 3 * 11am until 4pm Call: (206) 202-2883 * E-mail info@weareboost.org * Visit http://www.weareboost.org/ Large

* Small Items (one day only) - Firehouse Art Gallery, 8 Walnut Street Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 - Saturday, January 10 from 9am to noon Call: (609) 298-3742

* Labyrinth Books - 122 Nassau St.- Princeton, NJ 08542 Call: (609) 497-1600 Small Items (seven days a week from January 2 through 10) Mon - Fri 9AM - 8PM Saturdays 10AM - 6PM Sundays 11AM - 6PM –
Large Items (2 days only) Saturdays, January 3 & 10 - 11am until 4pm

Tim Razzaq, director or We Are BOOST, is organizing this effort in association with local supporters of President-elect Barack Obama and Mr. Obama’s call for participation in a community service project. Razzaq said he was born and raised in Bordentown, but was always inspired to help the city he loves most. “I have always felt a strong affiliation with Trenton every since I was a child, and want to contribute in a positive way towards its betterment.” “This is something everyone can be a part of no matter where you reside and we are definitely sending a message about the benefits of recycling, re-using, and reducing waste, three core tenants of being ‘green’" he continued.

The Rescue Mission serves the truly needy men and women who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing. Approximately 30% of the mission's annual operating revenue comes from reselling clothing, furniture and household items donated by the public.

We Are BOOST is a creative community solutions organization that develops and utilizes innovative and customized strategies to build structured relationships between residents, businesses, organizations, and government agencies that lead to beneficial economic, social, and educational opportunities and outcomes in underserved and emerging urban neighborhoods. www.weareboost.org, 206-202-2883, info@weareboost.org.


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