March 2, 2016
December 22, 2015
Local business owner Sal Gaetano teamed up with Mennies Elementary School this season to bring twenty boxes of good food and holiday cheer to those less fortunate in the Vineland area.
Gaetano, owner of Franklin Insurance Adjusters, reached out to Rita Santoro, 5th grade teacher at Mennies, in an effort to partner together and “adopt” as many families to feed as possible. During the holiday season, Gaetano ran a campaign where a percentage of the profits received from insurance claims was donated to purchasing food that would be distributed to twenty pre-selected families from the school.
Gaetano noted that he originally got the idea for the food drive from his daughter Nicole, now a senior, who noticed students sneaking parts of their lunch to take home for dinner.
“She approached me and asked what we could do to help,” said Gaetano.
This is the fifth year food has been collected, but the first that Gaetano has partnered with Mennies.
“The families were very grateful,” said Santoro. “We’re so happy Sal decided to partner with our school. This really was a group effort.”
“It’s worth it just to see the smiles on their faces,” said Gaetano.
Gaetano also pointed out that the entire event wouldn’t have been as successful as it was without the help of Santoro.
“She made this into what it is,” he said. “She shopped, decorated, packaged the boxes, and got the families here. Normally we just drop the boxes off, but this is wonderful. I’m very happy with the way everything turned out.”
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Submitted on 2015/12/23 at 7:11 am
Hello Mr. Gaetano,
I just wanted to say thank you for the care package you and your children were so kind to give our family and all the families you helped out this Holiday season. We deeply appreciate all your efforts in donating to the needy. We wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year! ??? May God Bless you and yours.?
November 9, 2015
It is this time of year when we all get together with our family and friends to share in good times and give from the heart. However, for some it is not a reality due to circumstances beyond their control. Thus we started a campaign to deliver food to those in need. This year we have partnered with a local school here in Vineland, NJ and will donate a portion of our proceeds from every assignment/file received from today through December 11, 2015 towards the purchase of food baskets. If you feel moved to donate, please reach out to me for details. Our goal this year is to feed 20 families.
October 6, 2015
A special thanks to Sal and Katharine from Franklin Insurance Adjusters for supporting us today in our trip to fix lunch and bake brownies at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham.
– Gwendolyn Howes, AIC | Claims Specialist| The Redwoods Group
12:03 a.m. EDT September 7, 2014
VINELAND – Spirit & Truth Ministries, a local nonprofit that feeds Vineland’s low-income and homeless population, recently reached out with a plea for a vehicle to replace its 12-year-old van, which was in a state of disrepair. A van is needed to pick up food and supplies for the daily hot and bagged lunches the ministry provides.
Bob Novick Auto Mall, Romano Instant Document Destruction, Franklin Insurance Adjusters and Foundry Service Corp. joined together to answer the request, and on Aug. 18 they presented the keys for a Kia Sedona to Spirit & Truth’s kitchen manager, Pam Carman.
“The work that Spirit & Truth does on a daily basis to assist the less fortunate is admirable, and we at Bob Novick Auto Mall were pleased to come to their aid,” said Debby Novick, the car dealership’s general manager.
Carman added: “The work I do is my way of giving back, and I am so thankful for the generosity shown by Debby (Novick), Matt (Milam), Sal (Gaetano) and Bryan (Romano) in helping me accomplish my job.”
Spirit & Truth Ministries is a multi-denominational Christian organization devoted to working in conjunction with the community and local churches in an effort to provide food assistance to the city’s low-income and homeless populations. It provides hot lunches Mondays through Thursdays, a bagged lunch on Fridays, and three community holiday meals to its clients.
For information about making a donation or volunteering for Spirit & Truth Ministries, call Executive Director Holly B. Gove at (856) 692-2603.