Coldwell Banker office helps others during holidays

SPARTA. Local realty business collects food and toys and provides weekend food bags for students from low-income families.

Sparta /
| 19 Jan 2023 | 11:44

The sales associates and staff of the Coldwell Banker Realty office in Sparta brightened the holidays for numerous individuals and families in need throughout Sussex County.

The business held a toy and clothing drive for Project Self-Sufficiency, which collected boxes and bags of items, including nine bicycles and $350 in donations.

Project Self-Sufficiency is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services, support and resources to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. It serves New Jersey families throughout Sussex, Morris, Warren and Hunterdon counties.

Coldwell Banker also worked in conjunction with the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAR) to provide weekend food bags for students from low-income families.

SCAR challenged its member offices to assemble as many bags as possible to ensure that students have sustenance on days they do not have access to school lunch programs, said Charlene Fiorita, branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Sparta.

This is an ongoing effort to support The Weekend Bag Program, a nonprofit organization started by a 14-year-old high school student to provide fellow students with food and hygiene on weekends. For information, go online to

“Unfortunately, the number of families in need in Sussex County has grown since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and we need 2,500 bags per month for children to eat on the weekends. We are dedicated to supporting our community in meeting this demand,” said Fiorita.