CLIFTON, N.J. — The Clifton Fire Department will try to keep the furrier members of the community warm with a blanket collection drive.
The department is collecting blankets to donate to the Clifton Animal Shelter. This is the second year of the fundraiser.
Ann-Marie Lancaster, who works in the fire department’s office, said she saw many animals sleeping on towels and wanted to provide something cozier.
“It gives them a sense of comfort because generally the animals, if they’re adopted, they’ll go home with the blanket they bonded to,” Lancaster told Daily Voice. “It eases the anxiety in the shelter.”
Lancaster collected more than 100 blankets in 2014 and has about 70 so far this year. Most are homemade but people without sewing skills can also donate new ones.
The department seeks 14-by-14-inch blankets for cats and small dogs, or 24-by-24 and 36-by-36 inches for larger breeds.
Evelyn Aekley of the Clifton Animal Shelter said Lancaster is their biggest backer.
“The fire department here in Clifton has been a faithful annual supporter,” Aekley said. “They have always brought their influence to bear on the public to knit blankets. It’s wonderful to know [the animals] will have these lovingly made blankets.”
The department will collect blankets until Dec. 15.
The Clifton Firefighters FMBA 21 Annual Coat Drive has concluded. The coats were collected at city firehouses, laundered by Deluxe Cleaners on Main Avenue and Saveway Cleaners on Allwood Road, and delivered to St. Peter’s Haven. FMBA 21 would like to thank all those who donated and/or supported for this worthy cause. A picture of firefighters and staff at St. Peter’s Haven is attached.
New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association
1447 Campbell St, Rahway NJ 07065-3212
FMBA 21 would like to express condolences to Thomas & Ann Marie Lancaster and Family for the loss of Bernadette Lancaster. Berndette was mother to Thomas and Mother-in-Law to Ann-Marie; she passed away on October 8th 2015 at the age of 85.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Viewing is 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home located at 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton NJ.
Funeral will be held 10am on Tuesday, October 13th 2015 at St Phillips Church located at 797 Valley Road, Clifton NJ.
Date: October 8, 2015
Time: 7PM till 11PM
Location: The Valley Regency – 1129 Valley Road in Clifton
Price will be $50 for advanced ticket sales and $60 at the door.
Please make check payable to: Clifton FMBA 21
Platoon 2 is working, please make accommodations for swaps.
Contact the following members for more info and tickets:
Mike Turi- Ladder 3 Platoon 3
Brett Blake- Engine 1 Platoon 3
George Fen- Engine 5 Platoon 1
Jason McGurk- Ladder 3 Platoon 3
This year’s Coat Drive, organized by Clifton Fire – FMBA Local 21 Firefighters Union, will run the month of OCTOBER.
We utilize the six firehouses in Clifton as collection points for the Coat Drive.
Sign-A-Rama on VanHouten Avenue in Clifton donated the signs that we post outside of the firehouses.
Deluxe Cleaners on Main Avenue and Saveway Cleaners on Allwood Road in Clifton donate their laundering services before the coats are delivered to St. Peter’s Haven on Clifton Avenue in Clifton, and other charity organizations.
We also run a Toys for Tots drive in November/December and a Food Drive in May.