Staying true to their principle of empowering the community, the Smith Family Foundation recently hosted its third annual College Care Package Giveaway event. Having prepared over 400 care packages, the Smith Family Foundation welcomed first year students with open arms as they gifted them with useful amenities for college and congratulated them for their incredible achievements.

Held at the James Kerney Campus of Mercer County Community College, the excited first year students in attendance formed an extensive line prior to the event beginning. Students who participated in this event plan to attend a variety of prestigious institutions such as The College of New Jersey, Rider University, Dickinson College, Bloomfield College, and Rutgers University. Despite the massive line, members of the Smith Family Foundation and volunteers worked their hardest to serve as many students as possible, as efficiently as they could. Staff and volunteers were friendly, loving, and encouraging as they personally congratulated students for their accomplishments and even helped with carrying college care packages and other items to the students’ cars.

With the help of organizations such as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Jackie’s Dollar Vine, Dollar Value, TDI Connect, The College of New Jersey, Princeton University, Queens of Purpose, Foundation Academy Charter School and volunteers from Assembly Woman, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson’s office, the event was a tremendous success. A massive amount of goods were gathered to create these wonderful care packages which included items such as non-perishable snacks, laundry bags and detergent, soap, first-aid kits, etc. Along with the care-packages, students also received the college essentials of either a mini-refrigerator, a microwave, or a laptop.

The goal for the Smith Family Foundation, as they serve a larger amount of students each year, is to at least serve 500 students in 2020. As for the graduates of 2019 heading to college, the Smith Family Foundation encourages them to “Always make higher education the normal next step”.

Upcoming for the Smith Family Foundation is the celebration of their Third Annual Youth Turn Performing Arts Program. On August 17th, a performance will be held by student participants who have worked immensely in the intensive seven-week summer program focused on the performing arts.

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