Ranya Kelly, founder of the Colorado-based Redistribution Center will return to Millburn on May 5th, 6th and 7th with a ton of supplies to be sorted and donated to area social service agencies. Kelly has made the cross-country trip to the area several times.
Just last year, The Good People Fund, a Millburn-NJ based non profit that supports grassroots organizations founded by inspiring visionaries, joined forces with Congregation Bnai Israel and Ranya’s Redistribution Center for a second effort to bring more materials as well as moral support to the rural Appalachian community of McRoberts, Kentucky. This year, the Good People Fund and B’nai Israel have teamed together, along with volunteers from B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills to bring Ranya to Millburn. They are looking for local volunteers to unload, sort, and distribute the materials to fifteen area agencies. Interested families and individuals should contact the clergy office at CBJMillburn@aol.com or 973-379-3811 to get involved.
Ranya has been rescuing new merchandise to help families in need for over twenty years. Her work began after searching through a dumpster for a carton to mail some gifts. It was there that she discovered over 500 pairs of brand new shoes discarded by a nearby store. Her discovery led to the formation of the Redistribution Center, which has since rescued over 700,000 pairs of new shoes and millions of dollars worth of brand new, perfectly usable clothing, bedding, building supplies and more from local and national retail outlets. What was destined for a landfill is now filling the needs of impoverished people not only in the Denver area but also other parts of the United States.
Ranya first made her connection with New Jersey as a grantee of the Good People Fund (www.goodpeoplefund.org). The Good People Fund supports grass roots nonprofits led by inspiring visionaries like Ranya’s that respond to significant problems such as poverty, disability, trauma and social isolation.
For more information on how to get involved with this community social action initiative, contact CBJMillburn@aol.com or 973-379-3811.