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'Toiletry Tuesday' Drive To Aid Ridgewood Senior Living Residents

Fourth-grader Chloe Winograd, seventh-grader Kaylin Marshal and sixth-grader Liam Winograd pack up supplies for Ridgecrest.
Fourth-grader Chloe Winograd, seventh-grader Kaylin Marshal and sixth-grader Liam Winograd pack up supplies for Ridgecrest. Photo Credit: Siobhan Winograd

RIDGEWOOD, N.J.– Residents at the Ridgecrest Senior Living Complex in Ridgewood look forward to their weekly bingo game, but not for the money – they play for toiletries.

Senior Lifestyle Coordinator Sue Ullrich said the low-income seniors and disabled residents genuinely need the items, especially since the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) doesn't cover the cost.

In turn, the Community Relations Advisory Board (CRAB) of Ridgewood and Glen Rock teamed up with seventh-graders from George Washington Middle School to stage "Toiletry Tuesday" on May 3.

"We're trying to create awareness. There's an immediate need," Board Member Siobhan Winograd told Daily Voice.

Similar to a food drive, families will purchase the items and the students will bring them to school, where they will be stored until the day of the drive.

Winograd said nearly all the village schools are involved. Flyers will be distributed and a logo was created specifically for social media promotion.

"We decided to go big or go home," she said. “The kids have been very inspired by this.”

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