Relay for Life wants to help the community


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  • Photo by Ginny Raue Survivors take the first lap around the track to kick off the Relay for Life. This group did it in 2012.



We need your support. Please you bring as many canned goods as possible to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, beginning on May 31, at 2 p.m. at the West Milford High School track.

Here's why. In the past, we’ve used sand to anchor the luminary bags which line the track's perimeter. These bags are lighted in honor of, in memory of, and in appreciation of a loved one who has been touched by cancer. What, no sand this year? Since this is a community event, let's also give back to the community. We are asking every resident of the Highlands and each “Relay for Life” participant to bring canned items from the list below to weigh down the bags. In addition, the bags will be illuminated with glow sticks this year to eliminate the chance that candles might damage the turf and track at West Milford High School.

In the past, we have had close to 2,000 glowing luminary bags lining the track to represent a loved one we lost to this disease, someone currently fighting the fight or showing our appreciation for their support. Let's take it one step further and help out others in need. In this poor economic time, we have local families struggling to make ends meet. They are in desperate need of food and other household goods and thus our local food pantries can't keep up with the demand. If you’re able, please bring three or four cans to help us give back to our community that has supported us in our fight against cancer.

Representatives from Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Joseph’s, and West Milford Presbyterian churches will come by on Sunday morning after the “Relay for Life” walk. They will collect the canned goods we've used to anchor the luminary bags and deliver them to their local food pantries.

Here are a few suggestions of food items desperately needed:

any canned meal (to fit in a lunch bag – luminary bag)

canned spaghetti and meatballs

canned ravioli
Dinty Moore stew,

Spam
soup
canned tuna fish.
Also needed are items that don’t fit in the luminary bags but are just as important to our food pantries:

boxes of pasta
spaghetti sauce

mac and cheese (boxes)
boxed juices for kids

toiletries including toothpaste, shampoo, hair conditioner,

toilet paper
bar soap
tissues
laundry detergent

Please contact Luminary Chair Kathy List at listkathy@hotmail.com, Lillian Staats at lstaats@optonline.net or John M. Cawley at wluxemburg@verizon.net if you have any questions.

Volunteers don't get paid. Not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.

John M. Cawley
Relay for Life of the Highlands

Luminary Chairman
Wharton

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