As summer 2013 comes to a close, Brunswick Memorial Home has announced plans to help usher in back to school season within the community.
Recognizing the needs of many of the families in our area for school supplies, clothes, and shoes, the funeral home is organizing a collection for new sneakers and snow boots, children’s sizes 7-1, for local preschoolers in need. Donations can be made at their offices at 454 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.
Though the Brunswick Memorial Home acknowledges that families in the area are busy preparing their own children to return to educational grounds, it is also the season when most local businesses offer deals and incentives on back to school apparel.
While many children are attending classes with new backpacks and notepads, there are also many youths who go back to school with holes in their shoes and for whom winter boots are a luxury that cannot be afforded by the family.
This fall will be the second year in a row that the Brunswick Memorial Home organizes such an collection. The project is inspired by the memory of Chris Ward, a family friend of the Kulbacki Family that owns the funeral home, who passed away in 2010 at age 24.
Chris was a graduate of South Brunswick High School, where he played soccer and lacrosse, as well as mentored younger students. He later graduated from Kean University and became a Phys. Ed teacher at Bridgewater Raritan High School.
Chris was known for his infectious personality and was amazing with little kids; he also accumulated quite the sneaker collection in his spare time, thus a Children’s sneaker collection is a fitting honor.
Last year’s collection as organized by the Brunswick Memorial Home brought in over 130 pairs of sneakers which were donated to the children at Sacred Heart Preschool in New Brunswick.
This year, the Central New Jersey funeral home hopes that donors will also include snow boots, as feedback from 2012 indicated the recipients are often forced to do without.
New Sneakers and boots may be dropped off to the Brunswick Memorial Home at 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, during the entire month of September.
For further information, or to arrange for a local pickup of boots and sneakers, the funeral home may be reached 732-254-9393.
Additional information pertaining to the Brunswick Memorial Home can be obtained by visiting www.brunswickmemorialhome.com.
--Brunswick Memorial Home