Wantage teen gathers new school supplies for children in need

Wantage. Ali Stoner solicited the help of her fellow athletes at High Point Regional High School and the effort blossomed, eventually pulling in binders, pencils, paper, notebooks, and other essentials. Project Self-Sufficiency distributed these supplies to low-income students during August.

01 Sep 2020 | 11:57

With a little help from her grandparents, Lois and Harold Pellow, 16-year-old Ali Stoner of Wantage collected 180 bags packed with new school supplies and donated them to local non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency.

Ali solicited the help of her fellow athletes at High Point Regional High School and the effort blossomed, eventually pulling in binders, pencils, paper, notebooks, and other essentials. The items were stashed in decorative drawstring bags and made available to Project Self-Sufficiency for distribution to low-income students during August.

Retired educator Lois Pellow is a longtime Project Self-Sufficiency supporter and a member of the agency’s Leadership Council.

“Every child deserves to start the year with new school supplies and so many kids are hurting right now,” said Pellow.

Ali has known about the needs of Project Self-Sufficiency families for many years thanks to her grandmother. She was enthusiastic about the prospect of gathering supplies for local children.

“I loved seeing how you could help somebody by doing a project like this,” Ali said. “It only takes a small bit of time but will have such a positive effect on these children’s lives in such a long-lasting way.”

Hundreds of children will receive new backpacks and school supplies from Project Self-Sufficiency this year.

“There is an unprecedented need for school supplies this year, since many schools are working on a hybrid model of remote and in-home learning, which means that students need twice as many supplies,” said Deborah Berry-Toon, Project Self-Sufficiency executive director . “We are very grateful to Ali Stoner and her generous grandparents, Lois and Harold Pellow, for their thoughtfulness during this uncertain time for many families.”

About Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency is a community-based non-profit organization that specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey. Programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include family literacy education, computer training and job placement services, assistance with parenting skills, childcare, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs.

To make a donation, or for more information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.

“I loved seeing how you could help somebody by doing a project like this. It only takes a small bit of time but will have such a positive effect on these children’s lives in such a long-lasting way.” --Ali Stoner