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In the News: Brandywine Living residents in Watchung lend helping hands to soup kitchen

Watchung, NJ/ November 23, 2019/ Echoes Sentinel — Residents of Brandywine Living at Mountain Ridge in Watchung said they love volunteering and giving back to the community.

“It makes you feel like you’re worthwhile by accomplishing something for people that are in need, and it gives a feeling of great happiness,” said Eidth Berge, Brandywine Living resident, when asked why she likes to volunteer.

Happiness was the mutual feeling across the room as residents joined together recently to cut up vegetables for a vegetable soup they delivered with homemade muffins to Saint Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, a missionary of Franciscan Charities.

The idea to help the soup kitchen was sparked by Brandywine resident Michael Lopez, who attends mass, along with other residents, at the affiliated Saint Mary’s-Stony Hill Catholic Church in Watchung.

Lopez, a retired New York City police detective, commented, “I always get involved with volunteer work and love to help out the church as much as I can.”

The mission of Saint Ann’s Franciscan Charities is to tend to the critical needs of the poor, provide tools to rise above poverty and to support physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

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