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Ridgewood Runners Make Thanksgiving Special For Domestic Violence Victims

Dana White, of Waldwick, helps unload turkeys from the truck for the Center for Hope and Safety. Photo Credit: Dana White
Jersey Women Strong athletes drop turkeys off at the Center for Hope in Safety, in Rochelle Park last year. Photo Credit: Dana White
Dana White and her athletes smile at the starting line. Photo Credit: JWS
A mother-daughter duo celebrates after completing a Princeton race. Photo Credit: JWS
Jersey Women Strong athletes hang out before a run earlier this month in Ho-Ho-Kus. Photo Credit: Dana White

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — A Ridgewood-based running group for women is more than halfway to its goal of raising $3,000 to buy Thanksgiving turkeys for a domestic violence support organization.

Three months after founding Jersey Women Strong, LLC in 2011, Waldwick resident Dana White and her group of 65 new members voted on making Rochelle Park's Center for Hope and Safety — formally known as Shelter Our Sisters — their first philanthropy.

It was ironically the same year the organization's benefactor was unable to provide turkeys for Thanksgiving.

"We work out together, we train together, we race together," said White, whose athletes span all levels and run together several times a week at the Ridgewood Duck Pond. "But we also go out and make a difference in the community at the same time."

Jersey Women Strong — which now has several hundred members — will buy and hand-deliver 100 turkeys to the center right before Thanksgiving. CHS clients can pick up their birds.

The athletes in years past have used leftover donation money to purchase holiday gifts for the organization.

"Being able to give back is important for women and moms," White said. "One of the advantages of our group is that we give people these types of opportunities."

CLICK HERE to donate or email jerseywomenstrong@gmail.com for more information.

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