Rescue Squad Auxiliary Collection for Previously Homeless Veterans

Collection for Previously Homeless Vets

Submitted by Susan Baldani

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary is collecting much-needed household items for previously homeless veterans residing at Valley Brook Village on the Veteran’s Administrative Campus in Lyons/Basking Ridge, NJ. 

The requested items are as follows: laundry soap, dish soap, surface cleaners, toilet paper, toilet wipes, paper towels, and Eight O’Clock or Dunkin Donuts ground regular and decaf coffee. Shop Rite and gasoline gift cards would also be appreciated

These items can be dropped off at these locations:

Scotch Plains Farmer’s Market (at the rescue squad table) on October 1 and 15

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad building (1916 Bartle Avenue) on October 8 and October 29

Trunk or Treat on October 22 at our ambulance

Scotch Plains Day (at the rescue squad table) on October 2

After collection, the collected items will be presented to the veterans on or around Veteran’s Day in November. These brave men and women are so grateful for the ongoing generosity of the people and businesses in our local communities.

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary meets once a month, and its “grass roots” function is to assist the Squad in many capacities – from holding fundraisers and providing meals during crises to performing outreach to squad and fellow auxiliary members. Members also attend town functions, such as fairs, concerts and holiday events, in order to connect with the community and promote Squad interest. 

If interested in becoming a member of the Auxiliary, go For more information on helping the veterans at Valley Brook Village, contact Steve Hackenberg at 908-723-0788 or

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