Banana Republic Makes a Difference

United Way of Central Jersey distributes literacy kits to low-income children.

Milltown, NJ May 8, 2019 – Why do so many people find it hard to help? Even busy retailers can make a difference by using creativity to address real problems.

United Way of Central Jersey (UWCJ) worked with executives at Banana Republic stores in Central Jersey to organize a volunteer activity that supports children in the community. Employees working in stores in North Brunswick and Old Bridge conducted fundraisers to purchase books and supplies for students to take home.

Donations were delivered by United Way of Central Jersey to the Acelero Head Start in South Amboy. “We promote literacy in our families’ homes, and these sets are a great way to help do so. We truly appreciate this!” said Natasha Herbst, Center Director.

Hernan Hernandez at Banana Republic in North Brunswick, said, “My colleagues wrote a letter to each child to encourage them to read, and they decorated the box. We are looking forward to working on more activities in the future that will help children with limited resources.”

Gloria Aftanski, President of United Way of Central Jersey, said she welcomes the help from Banana Republic employees. “We work with several schools that serve low-income populations, and Banana Republic can be a great help to provide resources that these families and students need.”

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United Way of Central Jersey creates opportunities for a better life for people living and working in Central Jersey who are needy or at risk. This is achieved by mobilizing people, organizations and financial resources to achieve targeted outcomes and lasting change through volunteerism, partnerships, services and advocacy. WWW.UWCJ.ORG For more information on ways to help, please call Gloria Aftanski, President, at 732 247-3727