Foundation's $6,000 grant will aid efforts of local Red Cross
by The Other Fellow First Foundation

Monday February 16, 2009, 11:18 AM

A LITTLE HELP FROM FRIENDS -- Jim Greberis of the Summit Diner, a trustee of the Other Fellow First Foundation, presented Mayor Jordan Glatt with a check for $6,000 to be donated to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, which recently responded to four fires in three weeks, which displaced a total of 66 families. Mike Wattick, the Colonial Cross Roads Red Cross Chapter president, and Brett Haire, an OFFF trustee, looked on.

SUMMIT -- Immediately following the Dec. 8 fire at a two-family Walnut Street home, Mayor Jordan Glatt asked the Summit-based Other Fellow First Foundation to help the Red Cross finance its emergency response.

The small foundation, headquartered at the Summit Diner and existing to assist New Jersey families in distress, quickly responded with a check for $6,000. Jim Greberis of the OFFF said, "The Summit community has been very generous to the little Summit Diner over the years. Our little foundation is glad to be in a position to return the favor."
Following the fire that displaced 37 Summit residents, Mayor Glatt said he was quick to realize the financial strain on the Red Cross' resources and asked for community help. The mayor and the foundation have a long history of partnering with one another to provide timely financial assistance for Summit financial challenges.
Another example of this partnership in action occurred on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when Other Fellow First Foundation volunteers organized a turkey drive in front of the Summit Diner. In just three hours, the drive collected a record-setting four tons of turkeys, two tons of related canned goods and $59,000 of donations. All cash and food were donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which is run by Summit resident Kathleen DiChiara.
Mike Wattick, the Colonial Crossroads Red Cross president, said he was grateful to the mayor and the foundation for their quick response." Mr. Wattick said, "In three weeks, our Red Cross chapter has responded to four fires displacing a total of 66 families."
Brett Haire and Mayor Glatt said they urge local residents to be as generous as possible to the Red Cross, and said, "Tax-deductible donations are urgently needed. Donors should send them to the American Red Cross, Colonial Crossroads Chapter, 695 Springfield Ave., Summit."