A GIVING TUESDAY STORY
On December 3, 2014 HYPELITE joined forces with over 20,000 other businesses and nonprofit organizations in the globally recognized day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. Our event was held in memory of HYPELITE’s late Co-founder and New Milford resident, Alex Bridge.
In our efforts to raise awareness of homelessness in Bergen County, we sought out to unite the entire community of New Milford along with friends, family members, and businesses alike to help the cause. New Milford High School students played a huge role, with over 30 student volunteers and participating our first HYPELITE Challenge.
Our groundbreaking ‘New Milford Gives’ event was a clothing, food, and toiletry drive for local homeless shelters and food pantries.
The rain and cold weather did not stop the 100+ community members from coming out and donating. Live music from The Fossil Fuel Band accompanied with hot food and raffle prizes all donated, helped make it a celebratory night of generosity and compassion.
By the end of the 4-hour event, we were able to collect over 120 garbage bags of new and used clothing which was brought to the Church on the Green in Hackensack and enough food to help feed 40 families throughout the holidays.
$370 was also collected for the Alex Bridge Scholarship.
THE HYPELITE CHALLENGE
When we approached the administration and faculty at New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey with our HYPELITE Challenge for November they bravely accepted and put their own little twist on it.
The week leading up to Giving Tuesday, students at New Milford High School brought in a different toiletry item every day, ranging from tooth paste and brushes to deodorant and razor blades. Competing by grade level, the overall winner with the most items at the end of the week received a bagel breakfast and the HYPELITE Challenge Plaque. But more importantly, they contributed to a those in need.
Over 150 toiletry kits; each with a plethora of hygienic products to be distributed to the homeless of Bergen County through the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center located in Hackensack, NJ.