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MORRISTOWN, NJ, July 8, 2015 – The Woman's Club of Morristown recently donated a dozen layettes to the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance.  The layettes were assembled by the members of the Club's Social Services Department, who create a dozen sets of baby supplies for the county office each May and November.  The Office of Temporary Assistance provides a variety of financial, medical, and social services to eligible individuals and families.

This year the Woman's Club also donated two layettes – one for a girl and one for a boy – to Family Promise of Morris County, a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families.  Family Promise was the statewide project of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs during the last biennium, and the Woman's Club of Morristown has continued to support its local chapter.

Each layette consists of everything a new baby would need – a sheet, two receiving blankets, and a handmade afghan; a bath towel, two washcloths, shampoo, soap, and baby lotion; and a package of diapers.  To dress the new arrival in style, there are two bibs; a sweater, hat and booties or socks; and a complete boy- or girl-appropriate outfit.  There's also a soft toy, a pacifier, and a diaper bag.  Each layette is packed into an 18-gallon tub which can then be used for storage.  The layette project has been going on for nearly a decade.

The Woman’s Club of Morristown, founded in 1910, is made up of women dedicated to the service of their community.  The group works closely with the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  The Club is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization whose purpose is to promote improvements within its community, to offer civic and cultural activities, and to preserve the historic Dr. Lewis Condict House.  More information is available at THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF MORRISTOWN FACEBOOK PAGE.

Woman's Club of Morristown Social Services chairman Barbara Hazen of Morris Plains and member Marian McCaffrey of Morristown look over one of the baby layettes assembled by the Club before it's donated to the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance.  Photo by Lannie Keenan.

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