Holden’s Hope JDRF Beef and Beer ~ May 19th

Holden’s Story

Kevin and Jennifer nervously awaited the doctor’s return. They had rushed their four-year old son, Holden, to the emergency room of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the evening of December 17, 2009. Gone from their minds were all the things they thought needed to get done for Christmas.

Jen had taken Holden to the pediatrician earlier that day because he complained he didn’t feel well and was drinking and peeing a lot. The pediatrician told Jen to take Holden directly to CHOP. She was told she couldn’t go home first. They knew what the doctor was likely to say. They knew what the insatiable thirst and frequent urination were symptoms of because of Kevin’s late father. Still, they hoped for some other explanation. When the doctor finally returned, there wasn’t.

Holden had type one diabetes.

Following Holden’s diagnosis, life as their family knew it changed forever. They’ve adjusted to the relentless daily routine of blood testing, insulin administration and carb counting, but they refuse to accept this as their permanent reality.

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This is what led to Holden’s Hope. Holden’s Hope is a group of south Jersey cyclists dedicated to supporting JDRF’s vision of a world without Type 1 diabetes. JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people – millions of people dealing with a disease 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Personally, our team is in this fight for Holden – a 13-year-old member of the team, who lives each day with the added burden of a disease he is now raising money to eradicate.


 JDRF Beef and Beer Fundraiser ~ May 19th

To help in JDRF’s mission, Holden’s Hope Cycling will be hosting a Beef and Beer fundraiser benefiting JDRF on Saturday May 19, 2018 at the Ewan Fire Company, 312 Ewan Road in Mullica Hill from 6-10 p.m. Please consider joining the fight to free Holden and the millions of others from the grueling daily burden of T1D by joining us as a sponsor or with a product donation or service from your business.

To purchase your tickets for the Beef and Beer or make a donation of any size, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/holdenshopebenefit.


Angel Gown/ Wedding Dress Drive through May 12th

Angel Gown Program

Angel Gowns are special infant gowns created from donated wedding dresses and gifted to families suffering from stillbirth or neonatal loss.  The dresses are deconstructed and turned into beautiful Angel Gowns to be used as burial gowns for these precious infants.


Several months ago Three Little Birds Perinatal & Palliative Care Advocacy and Support received over 100 unique handcrafted Angel Gowns. Volunteer seamstresses across the country are creating these gorgeous gowns for their local hospitals and families.  In addition to gorgeous gowns, seamstresses also make “Preemie Pockets” for second trimester losses who are too small for a traditional angel gown.

This program has become very popular and Three Little Birds has received numerous requests to accept donated gowns.  Christine Unander has generously volunteered her time to become Three Little Bird’s in-house Angel Gown Coordinator.

Wedding Dress Drive – through May 12th

Three Little Birds will be collecting dresses over the next six weeks, leading up to Mother’s Day, to be sent to their seamstresses.  Wedding or evening gowns in light pink, blue, or cream will be considered.

Drop off your clean wedding or evening dress now through May 12th at Image is Everything Studios, 1428 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ.  Please leave on front porch in a box or bag with a note it is for the Angel Gown Program.

Additionally, they will be collecting gowns at the South Jersey Family and Maternity Fair on May 12th.  The fair will be held at Float Haven Spa (110 N. Woodbury Rd in Pitman) and a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Three Little Birds. 


Hoagies 4 Hope 2018

The Hoagies 4 Hope Fundraiser is back in its 4th year and over 100 Clearview student volunteers will be assembling two-foot hoagies in time for our E-A-G-L-E-S to take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl!!


All proceeds benefit children in the Clearview School District struggling with medical issues.  The goal this year is to raise $25,000.

Order your hoagies or hoagie trays by Thursday, January 25th  using this form.

Options are Italian, Turkey or Ham 2-foot-long hoagies (Dietz and Watson deli meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato) for $10 each or Assorted Hoagie Trays for $40 each.

Forms can be turned in at the High School (Mrs. Boody in Room 110), Middle School (Mr. Wiseburn in Room 403)  or to the HTS and PVS Main Offices.

Pick up your Hoagies on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Clearview High School (athletics entrance).


Backpack Assembly ~ August 20th



Join the Unforgotten Haven on Sunday, August 20th for their Backpack Assembly event.  This is going to be a massive event with the goal of getting 1,000 volunteers under one roof to help assemble backpacks for local kids in need.

Unforgotten Haven was chosen as the beneficiary of school supply donations from 21 local Five Below Stores.  Each family is asked to bring New Backpacks or School Supplies to the event.

The event will be held at St. Charles Borromeo church, 176 Stagecoach Rd., Sicklerville, NJ

Sign up to participate here.

Cookies for Charity Baking Event ~ Aug. 12th

The Unforgotten Haven has teamed up with Chews United Methodist Church for a Cookies for Charity project.

Anyone is welcome to volunteer but the project is geared to children and people with disabilities. They make cookies once per month and the cookies will go to the homeless and senior citizens. They are also collecting cookie mixes (dry in package or cut and bake) to support this project.

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The next Cookies for Charity baking event will take place on Saturday, August 12 from 10 am – 12 noon. Kids, teens, and adult volunteers will mix, bake, & bag hundreds of cookies which will be distributed to men & women experiencing homelessness in Camden or Philadelphia.

Chews United Methodist Church (319 Black Horse Pike Glendora, NJ)


Blessing Bags for the Homeless

The Unforgotten Haven has several ongoing projects that are easy ways for groups or individuals to contribute to those less fortunate in our community.

The Blessing Bags for the Homeless project focuses on creating bags of toiletries and other items for the homeless. You or your group can sign-up to make Blessing Bags to be distributed to the homeless during our weekly Homeless Outreach visits by signing up here: 


To create a blessing bag, use one or two gallon Ziploc bag and fill it with each of the following items:

  • Pair of Men’s Tube Socksblessing bag
  • Chap Stick
  • Toothbrush
  • Trial Size Toothpaste
  • Trial Size Lotion
  • Trial Size Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Trial Size Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes
  • Washcloth
  • Small Pack of Tissues
  • Trial Size or Full Size Deodorant
  • Pre Packaged Snack (Peanut Butter Crackers, Granola Bar, Chips (etc).

The Unforgotten Haven is a South Jersey non-profit organization whose mission is to help the less fortunate. This help takes many forms—feeding the homeless, assisting victims of house fires, collecting supplies for veterans and much more. Working in partnership with churches and other community organizations, The Unforgotten Haven is registered as a 501(c)3 charity and provides all its services without charge.

Assemble Easter Baskets and Eggs for Kids in Need ~ April 9th

Angels of God Clothing Closet is looking for volunteers to help with their 10th Annual Easter Basket Assembly and The Angel’s Easter Egg Project.

Easter Basket Assembly:

Their goal is to assemble over 1,000 Easter Baskets for kids in need or living in homeless shelters. They will also be assembling 500 Easter Boxes for homeless adults. This simple gift of kindness will put smiles on over a thousand faces Easter morning.


Volunteers of ALL AGES are needed to help set up, assemble and deliver the baskets.

The Basket Assembly will take place between 8:00am and 5:30 pm on Sunday, April 9th at the Washington Township Senior Center, 315 Greentree Rd in Turnersville, NJ.

Sign up for a Time Slot here.


The Angel’s Easter Egg Project: filled-easter-eggs-275x183

If you can’t make it to the event on April 9th, there’s another EGG-Celent opportunity to help.  Fill Plastic Easter Eggs for to be used for the Easter Basket assembly day and Easter Egg Hunt for kids in need or living in homeless shelters.  This is perfect for groups like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sports Teams, a Girls Night Out or a project to do at home with your kids.

What you will you need:

Empty Plastic Eggs, Wrapped Candy/Small Trinkets, Tape (in case you need to secure the plastic eggs shut) and a group of people with a giving heart

Filled Easter Eggs must be dropped off by Sat. April 8th to Angels of God, 334 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071.

They have drop off hours every Sat, Tue and Wed 9am-12noon or call to set up a drop off time.

Questions? Call or Text Elissa at  856-625-8652 or email angels@angelsofgod.org


HUAC Care and Comfort Gala ~ April 21st

Hearts United Against Cancer is a Glassboro, NJ based volunteer organization that delivers care and comfort to men, women and children fighting cancer.

Although HUAC helps cancer patients in many ways, they are best known for their Care and Comfort Bundles which are personally delivered to local cancer heroes, hospitals and treatment centers and even shipped nationwide.  To date they have delivered over 8,800 bundles!


On April 21st HUAC will host their first ever Care and Comfort Gala to benefit cancer heroes.  The event will be held from 6-11pm at Auletto Caterers – 1849 Cooper St., Deptford, NJ.  The event includes dinner, dancing, a wine cellar, basket auction and awards.  Your $100 contribution (per attendee) will support HUAC’s efforts to help our cancer heroes.


For more information about the Care and Comfort Gala and to reserve your spot by April 7th, download this Gala flyer.



Hoagies 4 Hope

h4hThe Hoagies 4 Hope Fundraiser is back in its 4th year!  Order your two foot hoagies or hoagie trays by January 30th to pick up on Super Bowl Sunday.  The hoagies will be assembled by over 100 Clearview student volunteers and all proceeds benefit children in the Clearview School District who are struggling with major medical issues.

Order your Hoagies by Monday, Janury 30th using this form.

Options are Italian or Turkey 2-foot-long hoagies (Dietz and Watson deli meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato) for $10 each or Assorted Hoagie Trays for $40 each.

Forms can be turned in at the High School (Mrs. Boody in Room 110), Middle School (Mr. Wiseburn in Room 403)  or to the HTS and PVS Main Offices.

Pick up your Hoagies on February 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Clearview High School (athletics entrance).


2017 Hoagies 4 Hope Recipients

Patricia Hill h4h1

Patricia, an 11th grade student at Clearview Regional HS, loves participating in Choir, Theater and Sled Hockey. She was born three months pre-mature with Cerebral Palsy, an incurable physical disability. In order to maintain some independence she requires specialized equipment. This year Patricia will need to replace both her manual and electric wheelchairs, and the specialized van needed for transportation. Unfortunately most of this expensive equipment is not covered by her private medical insurance.


Araya Agren h4h2

Araya is a first grade student at Centre City School. She is a kind, sweet, caring and happy little girl who enjoys her classmates and being in her classroom. Unfortunately, she is suffering from congenital scoliosis which causes daily discomfort and the need for a large brace to be worn. She will be having an extensive and corrective surgery in early January to insert a rod and hopefully correct her scoliosis. The road to recovery may be long and challenging and any support is appreciated for her and her family.


NiYelle Hamilton h4h3

NiYelle is a beautiful, vibrant 7th grader in Clearview Regional MS who is currently battling Renal Failure, which is most commonly known as Chronic Kidney Disease. Children with kidney disease that leads to kidney failure must receive treatment to replace the work the kidneys should be doing. NiYelle receives dialysis treatment between 3-5 times a week while waiting for a transplant that will ultimately save her life and allow her to live as a healthy child. She is noted by her friends as always smiling and laughing, and by her teachers as being “conscientious and kindhearted!” And to her family, she is a blessing and true inspiration to us all!


Help Assemble Easter Baskets for Children In Need!




DATE:  Sunday, March 29, 2015

TIME: 12:30 – 5:30 (Basket Assembly is during 2:00-3:30)

PLACE: Pitman United Methodist Church in Pitman, NJ

CONTACT: Elissa 856-625-8653


Angels of God Clothing Closet is hosting their annual Easter Basket assembly and delivery day on Sunday, March 29, 2015. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come out and participate in a “hands on” charity project. Their goal is to provide over 500 Easter baskets which will be distributed to children in need through local food pantries and homeless shelters.

All ages are welcome. Each volunteer is given a card with the gender and age of a child. Volunteers then fill the basket with items pre-sorted onto labeled tables that are appropriate for that child.

Every year there are MANY grade school and Middle school children who come out and volunteer and they have SO MUCH FUN!


There are several time slots available to volunteer, but the kids get the most out of the actual basket assembly. This occurs between 2:00 and 3:30 (see below). Angels of God asks that all volunteers sign up in advance through Sign Up Genius. 

Here is the schedule for the day and the jobs they need help with:

11:45 – Drive Easter Basket Supplies from Angels of God’s main location to the United Methodist Church

12:30 -2:00 – Set up at the United Methodist Church (arranging items on tables, making basket ribbons, etc)

2:00-3:30 Easter Basket Assembling

4:00 – Clean up and Drivers to Deliver baskets to shelters and homes in the Gloucester County area.

Follow Charitable Children on Facebook for more great opportunities to get your child involved in community service!