by Mary Gay Abbott-Young

We did it! Thanks to the efforts of the community, the Rescue Mission of Trenton was able to shatter the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of clothing for recycle/donation — a record that has never been broken in the United States and was done with the unwavering support of all of our amazing champions at numerous places of worship, schools, businesses, etc.

I also must thank our sponsor supporters: The Baker family, Comcast, Dunkin Donuts, Mr. Christopher L. Fittin, the Siekerka Family, the Seradarian Family, the Syed Family, The Times of Trenton, Mid­Jersey Chamber of Commerce, WIMG 1300 Radio, New Jersey Buzz Radio and D & R Greenway Land Trust, HomeFront, and TCNJ Bonner Institute.

The world record was broken bringing in 179,550 items of clothing — that’s almost 90,000 pounds of clothes! This is an extraordinary accomplishment and more importantly, an effort that was made by our community as a whole. It was stated best by Philip Robertson, adjudicator for Guinness World Record: “What makes this particularly special is what you’ve done as a community. You’ve done something that’s going to impact people in the community on a real level.”

Thank you to all who hosted a clothing drive or dropped off a bag of clothes — not to mention the many volunteers who sorted and counted thousands of items of clothing. Not only have you aided the Mission in breaking a Guinness World Records title, you subsequently have bolstered the Mission’s purpose of helping our community that is in need. Coordinating this monumental effort was a lot of hard work by all who were involved, but it was extremely heartwarming and enlightening to see communities from all over the state — and across state lines — join together for a common cause.

Thank you for helping the Rescue Mission to rebuild lives, make miracles happen, and break records!

About the Trenton Rescue Mission: Founded in 1915, the Rescue Mission of Trenton, New Jersey, is the agency in the City of Trenton that serves the truly needy men and women who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing. The Mission provides a safe, clean, warm refuge for the homeless, the hungry, the transient, and the addicted. The Mission provides services and counseling to encourage individuals to reach their greatest potential and creates an environment where one can live with dignity, build self-esteem, experience love, responsibility, and hope. The belief in the intrinsic worth of each individual continues to motivate the Rescue Mission of Trenton to provide the highest quality care and to offer support, encouragement, and a sense of dignity to all who enter through its doors.

Mary Gay Abbott-Young is the CEO of the Rescue Mission of Trenton.

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