For the hundreds of children who participated, it was like a dream come true. They treasured the opportunity to walk leisurely around a store and select everything they wanted and needed to go back to school, including book bags in every color, sneakers, jackets, pencils, notebooks, markers, even items like underwear and socks.
The fifth annual Back-2-School Store, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, was unique in that children made their selections with the aid of more than 300 volunteers and no money was accepted. Everything was free.
“I thought it was going to be fun and it is fun!” exclaimed Timothy Mongare, who turned 10 on Aug. 4th, the day of the shopping bonanza, which was held at Congregation B’nai Shalom in West Orange. Encouraged by Outreach Coordinator Madge Wilson, New Community was one of 32 non-profit agencies that signed children from grades K-5 up for the event.