Fair Lawn is keeping its local soldiers stationed abroad front of mind this holiday season.
The borough and its police department have partnered with two military support organizations that distribute supplies to troops overseas and is asking that residents contribute to the cause.
Residents can find collection boxes for Fair Lawn-based Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon at the municipal building, public library, senior center and community center.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and its all-volunteer force boost the morale of troops and their families by collecting non-perishable food, personal care items and small electronics for soldiers stationed overseas. A flyer with a complete list of items accepted by Adopt-a-Soldier platoon is attached.
Residents can also provide military service members stationed abroad with a precious line of communication to their loved ones back home by dropping off gently-used cell phones in the container on the first floor of the municipal building, across from the Tax Collector's Office.
Donated phones are recycled at Michigan-based ReCellular and yield hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
For additional information on either program, contact Fair Lawn Police Sgt. Richard Schultz, whose son Nicholas is in the Navy and is an Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon adoptee, at 201-794-5365; Ruth DeJong in the Borough’s Tax Collector’s Office at 201-794-5358; or assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruiningen at 201-794-5314.