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"Feed the Hungry"

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Feed the Hungry

$10 buys a ribbon on The Boulevard, and provides holiday dinner for a family of four.


Ribbons orders are now being accepted for 2006 Holiday Season.  [Appeal Flyer PDF]

"Even I'll take one."

 

Mankind was my business.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

As Scrooge's nephew said when his uncle formerly dismissed Christmas and its joyous significance with the words, Bah! Humbug!:

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come around apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people . . . as if they were fellow-passengers. . . .

One of the most moving statements in this Christmas tale is by Marley's Ghost when despairing over "life's opportunities misused." Scrooge, trembling with fear and beginning to share in Marley's guilt, says: "But you were always a good man of business, Jacob." Upon which the Ghost cried out in anguish:

Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!



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Banner was placed across The Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights in 2004 & 2005

2005 Program
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Center for Food Action gets $2,000 from Ribbons

The Center for Food Action received a check on February 17, 2006 for $2,000 from Bill O’Shea during a brief ceremony at Bill O’Shea’s Florist. (l-r) Martin Saccomano, Bill O'Shea, Thelma Fedele (Director of Emergency Services, Center for Food Action) and Peter Gallo Jr. [Story]

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Due to construction, there was no Good Neighbor Day 2005

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2004 Program

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Center for Food Action gets $1,800 from Ribbons

T
he Center for Food Action received a check on January 19, 2005 for $1,800 from Bill O’Shea during a brief ceremony at Bill O’Shea’s Florist at the Circle in Hasbrouck Heights. (l-r) Peter Gallo, Jr., Bill O'Shea, Patricia Espy (Executive Director, Center for Food Action) and Martin Saccomano [Story]

Bill O'Shea's 9th Annual Good Neighbor Day
FREE Roses while they lasted at Bill O'Shea's Florist on Wednesday, September 1, 2004  Food donations for the Center for Food Action were accepted. [Story & Group 1 Photos][Group 2 Photos]

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2003 Program


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Center for Food Action gets $2,500 from Ribbons
The Center for Food Action received a check for $2,500 during a brief ceremony at Bill O'Shea's Florist on February 26, 2004  [Story & photo]
Center for Food Action [Press Release]
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Bill O'Shea's 8th Annual Good Neighbor Day
Good Neighbor Day and Food Drive was held September 3 at Bill O'Shea's Florist --  Food Drive benefited Center for Food Action 
[First group of photos][Second group of photos][CFA & Channel 12 News]

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2002 Program


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Center for Food Action gets $2,500 from Ribbons
The Center for Food Action received a check for $2,500 during a brief ceremony at Bill O'Shea's Florist in March 2003  [Story & photo]

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Bill O'Shea's 7th Annual
Good Neighbor Day

Area residents had an unprecedented opportunity to meet each other, make new friends and renew acquaintances on Wednesday, September 4th, 2002, when Bill O'Shea's Florist hosted the 7th Annual Good Neighbor Day. Good Neighbor Day began 8 a.m. at Bill O'Shea's Florist, 109 Boulevard (at the Circle), where a 12,000 roses were given away absolutely free to anyone who visited.  No purchase was necessary.

Before receiving FREE Roses, the residents were invited to make a food donation for the   Center For Food Action (CFA), the non-profit food bank that has served our area's needy since 1976. CFA welcomed basic non-perishable food items such as juice, cereal, canned goods, pasta, baby food, etc.

This year 326 bags of food helped restock the pantry, and  $366 in cash contributions were received.

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During the event, Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck was showered with accolades by the Center for Food Action. Thelma Fedele, CFA Director of Community & Government Relations said, "Since the economic downturn, there has been a large increase in the number of people in need of food. Assemblywoman Heck has been instrumental in making this need know thoughout our area.  CFA truly appreciates her efforts."  Ms. Fedele continued, "It is particularly fitting to honor her publicly on Good Neighbor Day, because she has been a good neighbor by raising awareness for the need of food donation  in Bergen County. [Award story]

Bergen County Executive Pat Shuber stopped by to make a food donation, and also to present both Assemblywoman Heck and Bill O'Shea with  "Certificate's of Commendation" for their efforts.

Jukebox Radio's (103.1FM) DJ added to the festivities, and also taped interviews for later broadcast.

Good Neighbor Day 2002 [Event photos] [Photos of participants][Story][Rose Heck gets Accolades]

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2001 Program

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Center for Food Action gets $1,700 from Ribbons
The Center for Food Action received a check for $1,700 during a brief ceremony at Bill O'Shea's Florist in April  2002  [Story & photo]
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Good Neighbor Day -- 2001
Free Roses ... Bring Food!


On Wednesday 8 a.m., September 5, 2001, Good Neighbor Day began at  Bill O'Shea's Florist, 109 Boulevard (at the Circle), where a 1,000 dozen roses (that's 12,000 roses) were given away absolutely free to anyone who visited. No purchase was necessary, but food contributions were welcome.

Bill O'Shea reminded us, "The only stipulation is that those picking up the roses were asked to keep one for themselves and to give the other 11 roses away to 11 different people and in so doing, help create a friendlier, more caring and compassionate community. Good Neighbor Day is a day designated for people to meet and get to know their neighbors. A rose is the perfect expression of friendship and love."
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Food Drive ... 2001
This year, Good Neighbor Day generated about 300 bags of food and about $400 in cash contributions.  The Center for Food Action always welcomes basic non-perishable food items such as juice, cereal, canned goods, pasta, baby food, etc.   Food items should not be open, expired or in glass jars.
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Buy-a-ribbon ... 2001
A $10 contribution buys a bright red ribbon with the contirbutors name on it and placed along the Boulevard begining Thanksgiving until Valentine's Day.

Your $10 contribution will be used by the Center For Food Action to purchase food. The Center For Food Action is a non-profit food center that has served our area's needy. Donate $50, and your contribution will provide a special breakfast and a traditional dinner this Christmas or Hanukah for a family in our neighborhood. Special ribbon embelishments will denote your generosity.

Boulevard Ribbon placement is being done by:
Hasbrouck Heights -- Knights: Msgr. Fitzpatrick Council 7041
Wood-Ridge -- Knights: St. Anthony’s Council 11585

Center for Food Action welcomes basic non-perishable food items such as juice, cereal, canned goods, pasta, baby food, etc.   Food items should not be open, expired or in glass jars.
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2000 Program

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Buy-a-ribbon --2000


Center for Food Action gets $3,400 from Ribbons

The Center for Food Action received a check for $3,400 during a brief ceremony at Bill O'Shea's Florist at the Circle in Hasbrouck Heights on April 18, 2001.

This donation was the result of hundreds of bright red ribbons decorating the Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge during this recent holiday season.

Area residents donated $10 to the Center For Food Action. Bill O'Shea's Florist provided a beautiful red ribbon with the contributor's name on it. Generous contributors, who donated $50 for a special breakfast and a traditional Christmas or Hanukkah dinner for a family in our neighborhood, received embellished ribbons.

In additon, the Feinstein Challenge grant provides a percentage match of this $3,400 donation.

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The ribbons were placed on every tree and telephone pole along the Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights (from Route 46 to Wood-Ridge), by Knights of Columbus Msgr. Fitzpatrick Council 7041, and in Wood-Ridge by (from Hasbrouck Heights to Carlstadt), by Knights of Columbus St. Anthony Council 11585. The ribbons were removed after Valentine's Day.

The Center for Food Action is a non-profit food center that has served our area's needy since 1976.

The ribbon was provided by Harvey Jaffe of Designer Dispatch Ribbons and Floral Accessories.

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Food Drive  --  Good Neighbor Day
2005 program suspended due to construction 
2004 [Story & Group 1 Photos][Group 2 Photos]
2003 [First group of photos][Second group of photos][CFA & Channel 12 News]
2002 [Event photos] [Photos of participants] [Story] [Rose Heck gets Accolades]
2001 [Story][Event photos 1][Smiling Faces]
2000 [Story]  [Photos 1][Photos 2][Photos 3]
1999 [Story] [Photos 1][Photos 2][Photos 3]

Buy-a-Ribbon  --  Feed the Hungry
2005 [Story & photo]
2004 [Story & photo]
2003
[Story & photo] [CFA Press Release] [pdf form]
2002 [pdf form][CFA gets $2,500]
2001 [Story][pdf form][CFA gets$1,700]
2000 [Story][Regional acclaim][pdf form][CFA gets $3400]
1999 [Story][pdf form]

[Link to Bill O'Shea's Florist] [Link to Center for Food Action]

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