Every year toward the end of October, New Providence joins the country in recognizing Red Ribbon Week, a national event that honors the memory of US drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered by drug dealers while on duty in Mexico in 1985. As a memorial, Camarena’s colleagues began wearing small badges of red satin, which have come to symbolize the stand against drugs. The symbol of the red ribbon caught on, calling people to take action across the country to show the nation’s intolerance of drugs.
In our community, the New Providence Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse sponsors a number of programs to support the message of Red Ribbon Week, including an anti-drug themed poster contest in the middle school; a kick-off ceremony at Centennial Park and proclamation by the mayor; a prescription drug information program for seniors; age-appropriate programs at the Elementary schools; and a high school assembly, to name a few.
This year, local businesses are joining in to help raise awareness for Red Ribbon Week and support the Alliance in their efforts to run programs that inform, educate, and help prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
"These kids are our future!” said Angelo Gencarelli, owner of Angelo’s Pizzeria in the Village Shopping Center. “I am proud to be part of the great town of New Providence and I am willing to help out in anyway I can."
Please visit the following local businesses in the next week for discounts, to make a contribution, or just to thank them with your business for their support of our community:
Angelo's Pizzeria: Village Shopping Center
Monday 10/24 — Thursday 10/27 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Angelo is donating 10% of all sales to the New Providence Alliance
Skin Deep: 1330 Springfield Ave
Monday 10/24 — Thursday 10/27: ½ of a $10 Manicure will be donated to the New Providence Alliance
*Note: you must make an appointment in advance and ask for a "RED RIBBON MANICURE"
Kidding Around and Braunschweiger Jewelers: Village Shopping Center
Friday 10/21 to following Friday 10/28: will have a donation jar in their stores for the Alliance
The Alliance also thanks CVS Pharmacy for their generous donation of $200 toward our programs. Please make sure to visit them in the Village Shopping Center and thank them for supporting the Alliance and the community of New Providence.
Note: The New Providence Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse is a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse in our community, as well as assisting individuals and families with finding help for alcohol, tobacco and drug related problems.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week or about The New Providence Alliance, contact us at 908-665-1400, ext. 579 and visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Providence-Alliance-to-Prevent-Alcohol-and-Drug-Abuse/182169705128354