Project Sleeping Bag Raises Over $11,000 for Area Shelters

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Harsh weather did not stop students at Bishop Schad Regional School and Carlos Mercado & friends from raising over $11,000 this past Thursday for the Vineland and Bridgeton Code Blue warming shelters. This was the largest donation in the project's history toward the shelters that serve Cumberland County’s homeless population.
The students at Bishop Schad Regional School and Carlos Mercado & friends teamed up with Cumberland County Deputy Freeholder Doug Long, the Vineland Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Local 49, the Bridgeton International Association of Firefighters Local 4822, and an anonymous donor who gave $4,500 toward the cause.
A total of 80 coats and sleeping bags were purchased from The Empowerment Plan in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, 40 blankets, food, and two separate $500 checks were donated to support the Vineland and Bridgeton Code Blue warming shelters.
The distribution of coats, sleeping bags, blankets, and food was made during a special school assembly that took place at Bishop Schad Regional School in Vineland. Guest speakers included Carlos Mercado, Dr. DeMartino, Rev. Msgr. John Burton, Rev. Ed Friel, Pastor Rutherford, Pastor Weinstein, and Deputy Freeholder Director Long.