Photo: In Monroe, two organizations create supply bags for those in need

The Academy Learning Center in Monroe teamed up with homeless non-profit Blessing Bag Brigade NJ on Aug. 7 to fill 500 Blessing Bags with items such as toothpaste and brushes, soap, lotion, shampoo, socks, snacks, water, deodorant and razors, which will be distributed by volunteers who go to soup kitchens in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties as well as on the streets of New York City.