b"Filling the Hungry with Good ThingsA local charity reaches out to those in need on two continentsBY ADRIANNA DONATCollins-Colding partnered with her grandfather's churchto create a school that is now it its fifth year in Liberia, Grand Bassa County. O ne day about 10 years ago, Jane Collins-Colding wasfriends were tapped out. She neededcoats. Says its owner, Jaime Haber, At on her way to do charity work at Newark First Fami- to keep the donations coming. Theretheendoftheseason,mywonderful lies and saw a man in his early 20s waiting patientlywas a lot of need in Newark. They hadandgenerousconsignorsallowtheir with an empty bag. As she recalls, He told me hedpotential to help a lot of people if theyitems to be donated to different orga-recently been released from 10 years in prison andcould find more contributors. So she washopinghecouldfillhisbag.Hisfamilyhadreached out to SOMA businesses and moved away while he was incarcerated. He didntchurches.have anywhere to live, and he was hungry.Brenda Ehlers, an associate pastor There was a need to be filled, and Collins-Colding was on the job. AndatMaplewoodsMorrowMemorial though she hadnt named it yet, the charitable organization Feed 2000 was bornChurch, was happy to help. Each year in that moment. I decided I was going to help young men and women feedMorrow has its famous Turnover Sale and educate themselves, she says. in July. Ehlers asked Collins-Colding So she marched into Freedom Ministries Worldwide, a local religious andif shed like to select from the invento-rehabilitation center then active in Newark, and hashed out a plan with its pas- ry and bring it over to Freedom Min-tor, Charlie Thompson. istries; the practice has continued for As a resident of South Orange, Collins-Colding was well placed to gatheralmost 10 years.donations from her South Orange and Maplewood community and bring themAnd other SOMA businesses lined to Freedom Ministries, which in turn distributed items to Newark families inup, too. Milk Money, a childrens con- Jane Collins-Colding started Feed 2000, a need. signment shop on Ridgewood Road innonprofit dedicated to help young men It may have worked too well, because before long, Collins-Colding and herMaplewood, donated over 200 winterand women feed and educate them-selves."