The Arc of Atlantic County Partners with Local Businesses for Holiday Partners Program

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December 28, 2017
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Contact:  Mary Ruley Moyer,

Director of Development & Community Outreach
609-485-0800 ext. 135

mmoyer@arcatlantic.org
 
 
The Arc of Atlantic County Partners with Local Businesses for
Holiday Partners Program to Benefit People with I/DD
Food, Gifts Provided to Local People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


December 22, 2017 – Egg Harbor Township, NJ: The Arc of Atlantic County put out the call to ask local businesses to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) this holiday season. The calls were answered by several area businesses who obtained donations of non-perishable food items and holiday gifts to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) during The Arc’s Holiday Partners Program. The donations from businesses and individual donors made the holidays a little brighter for hundreds of people with I/DD in our community.
 
  • Tilton Fitness and Wellness hosted a Thanksgiving food drive where employees and members donated non-perishable food items at their Northfield and Galloway Township locations.
  • Employees from Spencer Gifts in Egg Harbor Township donated 30 Thanksgiving Dinners.
  • The Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina held an employee food drive during the month of November.
  • Boscov’s Department Store held a food drive for non-perishable food items to address the needs throughout December holidays.
  • Bright blue recycling containers, courtesy of the ACUA, were present at these businesses to collect the food items.
“Our staff and members of Tilton Fitness and Wellness were excited to take part in the Holiday Partners Thanksgiving Food Drive at our Atlantic County locations,” said Julie Dods, General Manager of Tilton Fitness & Wellness. “Our members, staff and the general public are encouraged to support people with I/DD, and provide help to those in need in our community.
 
“Mr. B always told me, we don’t just want to be a store in the community, we want to be a store for the community,” commented Boscov’s store manager, Barry Shaak. “This is the legacy Albert Boscov has passed on to all of us”. Shaak added.
 
Over 130 individuals benefitted from the wide variety of non-perishable food items that were collected.
 
Additionally, local businesses and private individuals participated in The Arc’s Adopt-A-Family program, which provided gifts, clothing and gift cards to people with I/DD who have a financial need.
 
  • Employees from The Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina adopted 22 families, purchasing toys, apparel, and gift cards, and filling the lobby of The Arc’s main office on Delilah Road with hundreds of wrapped presents.
  • Borgata Casino Hotel & generously provided a grant for the Holiday Partners Program that provided holiday gifts, food, and household items for more than 30 individuals I/DD. Additionally, Borgata volunteered to deliver the gifts and trays of cookies and treats from the casino hotel’s bakery, adding, even more, the joy to the giving spirit of the season.
 
“We are overjoyed at the ability to enrich the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities this holiday season,” said Liza Costandino, Director of Communications for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “The ability to connect directly with the community, reaching, even more, families than in years past, is really incredible and truly rewarding.”
 
The Arc of Atlantic County provides support and services to over 800 people with I/DD in Atlantic County. The Holiday Partners Food Drive & Adopt-A-Family Program was able to assist more families this season with the help of community partners and private donors.
 
 “We are deeply touched by the generosity of our community partners who worked so hard to make the holidays a little brighter for people who live with an intellectual or developmental disability,” commented Rebecca Reed, Director of Clinical Services. “Caring for a family member with I/DD can be challenging for families at any income level, but when you add single-parenthood or a single-income to the situation, the holidays can become overwhelming,” Reed added.
 
For more information, please contact Mary Ruley Moyer, Director of Development and Community Outreach at 609.485.0800 ext. 135 or by email mmoyer@thearcatlantic.org.
 
About The Arc of Atlantic County
The Arc of Atlantic County works to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Through direct services, advocacy, education, and prevention activities, we work in partnership with individuals and their families to make choices possible about how and where they live, learn, play and work. The Arc of Atlantic County serves nearly 800 individuals and their families annually and is accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership.
 
Please Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.
 
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Contact:
Mary Ruley Moyer, Director of Development & Community Outreach
(609) 485-0800