Tourism partners collect & deliver toiletry items to Bergen County Center

In honor of National Tourism Week, which took place May 7-13, the Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau (MLCVB) conducted outreach to their hotel partners to collect toiletry items for the Bergen County Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack.

Donations were made by Red Roof Plus in Secaucus, Saddle Brook Marriott, LaQuinta Inn and Suites Clifton/Rutherford, Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights and Courtyard by Marriott Lyndhurst. Another tourism partner, Sean Collins of Vander Plaat Executive Limo, volunteered to pick up the items at each of the hotels as well as assist with delivery.

Seen in this photo with some of the donated items are Julia Orlando, director of the Center, along with Judy Ross, Vice President of the MLCVB, and representatives Chris Lambo, Director of Sales for Courtyard by Marriott Lyndhurst and Sean Collins of Vander Plaat Executive Limo.

Julia said these items will help them provide for the transient residents that come through the shelter and are very much needed this time of year.

“I wanted to keep our efforts local for National Tourism Week by giving back to the community,” said Judy Ross.

Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, the National Tourism Week of events serves to champion the power of the tourism and hospitality industry. Tourism in New Jersey is the 6th largest employer in the state, and the Leisure Hospitality and Retail industry totals 24 percent of the state’s total workforce.

The mission of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center is to end homelessness by providing a full continuum of housing services including homelessness prevention, temporary shelter and permanent placement. For more information, please visit:

The Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau is the area’s destination marketing organization, and is charged with promoting the greater Meadowlands region to business travelers, meeting and conference planners, tour operators and visitors. Please visit for more information.

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