On Friday, December 18, 2015, Meridian colleagues Michelle Guerra and Joy Glassman exited the Meridian parking lot and drove down Industrial Avenue to the unadorned airport building identified only with a big number “1” on its side. Inside their car were three large boxes containing new toys, games, clothes, shoes, gift cards, and many other items which would have made Santa’s Elves jealous. These were the donations collected by Meridian employees for the Center for Hope and Safety. Caitlin Byrne, the shelter’s representative, was there to receive the donations and to thank the many company representatives from the airport community that had donated.
Center for Hope and Safety’s mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment, and self-sufficiency. Through community partnerships, Center for Hope and Safety raises awareness, provides services, and educates community members about domestic violence.
Ken Forester, Meridian CEO, is extremely proud of his staff. “To see so many wonderful gifts donated by our Meridian family to families in need is truly a humbling experience. We work hard everyday to make sure that our customers feel special, but it’s even more gratifying to see our folks go above and beyond to help those in our community who are less fortunate. The donations that have been collected for the Center of Hope and Safety will certainly brighten the holidays for a lot of kids who are facing some tough times. It’s truly important for us to give back during the holidays, and I think that our people have done a great job in rising to the occasion.”
For the past 20 years, the Teterboro Airport community has come together to deliver holiday cheer to local mothers and their children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuses. Consequently, these families have fled from their dysfunctional environments and are receiving safety, strength & hope at the Center for Hope and Safety. Although the shelter’s name has changed from Shelter Our Sisters to the Center for Hope and Safety, their mission has remained the same. Donations are now being accepted to help those suffering from domestic violence to help make their holiday a little more special. Items being collected include toys, apparel, gift cards, appliances, recreational and entertainment gifts.
Meridian employees have always answered the call and given generously in past years. The donation drive has begun again for this holiday season, and Meridian colleagues will be able to participate by dropping off new, unwrapped gifts into collection boxes located throughout the FBO. When the donation drive is finished, the gifts will be collected and driven over to the main Airport Operations building at Teterboro Airport for pick-up by the Center for Hope and Safety.
Together, we can continue the tradition of helping these families by providing them with a warm and loving holiday for 2014. Please join us in donating new, unwrapped merchandise such as:
– Donations for boys and girls in their early teens
– Household items
– Gift Certificates / Gift Cards
– Infant care items such as baby food, diapers, etc.
– Non-perishable food items
– Toys and games for children of all ages
You may also drop-off your donation at:
111 Industrial Avenue, Bldg. 1
Teterboro, NJ 07608
For inquiries, please contact an Airport Services Holiday Coordinator:
Lauren (201) 393-4080 or Terri (201) 807-4020
The donation deadline is Friday, December 19, 2014.
Thank you for your support!