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: 

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0d4eafaf2eaa8-blessing

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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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!

CALLING ALL CHARITABLE CHILDREN!

HELP ASSEMBLE  500 EASTER BASKETS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED!

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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

EVENT SIGN UP *MANDATORY*: CLICK HERE

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!

PROJECT DETAILS:

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!

Hearts United Against Cancer’s Care and Comfort Bundle Event

Would your family be interested in helping bring comfort and joy to a child, teen or adult fighting cancer? There is a great, local volunteer opportunity that will be fun and meaningful for all ages!

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Every month Hearts United Against Cancer will hold a Care And Comfort Bundle Event where volunteers of all ages can come out and show their support for local adults, teens and children battling cancer.

The next event will be held:

Saturday March 21, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Pitman Methodist Church, 758 N Broadway, Pitman, NJ

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT BY CLICKING HERE

 

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Come out and help assemble baskets, make cards, make no-sew blankets, and stuff pillows. It’s a fun way for young children to get involved in a charity project and a great way for teens to accummulate volunteer hours.

At this Care & Comfort Bundle event, baskets and bags will be assembled and later delivered to hospitals in our tri-state area. Volunteers will be making no sew fleece blankets, homemade pillows, writing and decorating note cards, making crafts, and more. Your support will make these baskets personalized and special for the Cancer Heroes receiving them.

Hearts United Against Cancer is a local non-profit delivering care and comfort baskets to cancer heros of all ages. Baskets and bundles are delivered to women, men and children fighting cancer in our tri-state area hospitals to bring them some cheer and comfort. Individual Cancer Heros can also be nominated by a friend or family member for a special home delivery. These care baskets and bundles are hand delivered to local cancer heros or shipped to those living further away.

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VOLUNTEERING:

If you would like to volunteer the night of the event, please sign up through this link so they can anticipate the amount of help coming:
https://www.volunteersignup.org/38K94

Everyone who volunteers will be entered in a raffle!

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DONATIONS:

Donations for basket items are always appreciated. Needed items include: Books, Coloring Books, Puzzle Books, Stationary, Art Supplies, Art Kits, Toiletries (no shampoo/conditioner), Nail Care Items, Card Games, Games, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals, Toys, DVD’s, Soft Hats/Gloves, Scarves, Hard/Tart Candy, Gum, Gift Cards, Etc.

*Please Note that all items should be new, but books can be new or gently used.*

Items must be dropped off by Wednesday, March 18th 2015 for this next Care and Comfort Event. Or, you may bring them with you the night of the event.

Drop Off Locations: 

Vintage Day Spa & Salon
101 West Jersey Ave
Pitman, NJ 08071
(856) 589-1783
*Open Tues- Sat*

La Mia Couture
205 Bellevue Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
(609) 704-9600
*Open Wed-Sun*

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OTHER WAYS TO HELP

Be part of the Blanket Initiative - All sewers, knitters, crocheters and kids who love to make the no sew blankets (knotted) and pillows can help! Great for scout troops.

Host A Party to help collect needed items for Cancer Heros.

Be sure to follow Hearts United Against Cancer on Facebook to stay up to date and inspired by their work.

Visit their website for more information at http://heartsunitedagainstcancer.org

Rock your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day


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World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st and Mullica Hill kids will be Rocking their (Mismatched) Socks at school on Rock Your Socks Day - Friday, March 20th.  The idea behind Rock your Socks is that by wearing mismatched socks, kids can help raise awareness and celebrate all things wonderful about people with Down Syndrome.  

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During a recent event at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children| Nemours, hundreds of volunteers, including several from our community, helped to package close to 25,000 pairs of
mismatched socks to be “rocked” in schools and businesses throughout the tri-state area.

These special pairs of mismatched socks will be available for sale at Repeat Boutique in Mullica Hill for $1 donation per pair beginning on March 1st.

Of course, kids are welcome to Rock their own Socks too!

Night Of 1,000 Sandwiches

On Wednesday, January 28th at 6:45 pm, the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit will be holding a family charity event to support Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Cathedrals Kitchen. Basically, they need to make 1,000 sandwiches. That’s where YOU come in.
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Please come out an join the Social Justince Committee of the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit and help make 1,000 (or more) sandwiches! All faiths are welcome and you do NOT need to be a member of the CCHS parish to participate. They just need as many hands as possible. And what’s great is that they can use little hands too! Any child can participate so long as they can make a sandwich with minimal supervision. Families and groups can work together at their own stations.

Please be advised that they are making peanut butter and jelly, for anyone who has a peanut allergy.

Orientation begins at 6:45 pm and sandwich making will commence at 7:00 pm. This event takes place in the Mullica Hill Parish Center located at 17 Earlington Ave in Mullica Hill. The church is tucked right off of the little down town area of Main Street. Turn right at the Fertig Funeral Home onto Earlington Ave then make a left where the residential road dead ends. You’ll see the church parking lot on your right. Head into the main doors of the large church (not the smaller church up front).

 You don’t need to sign up ahead of time although a quick email saying you’re coming and how many would be a help: socialjusticecchs@gmail.com.

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Want to learn about great local charity projects for kids? “Like” Charitable Children of Southern NJ on Facebook to stay up to date on all the philanthropic ideas and events you can do with your children in the area.

 

Halloween Candy Donation For ‘Operation Gratitude’

Kids love Halloween, but most of us Moms wish there was something more to it than loads of candy! We end up slowly throwing it out, sending it off to someone’s place of work, or worse… eating it ourselves!

One way to solve this problem is to donate excess candy to a charitable organization. Making a family philanthropy project into a Halloween tradition will teach young children that even in times of plenty, they can find a small way to give back to others.

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LOCAL CANDY BUY BACK PROGRAM HELPS U.S. SOLDIERS

Local dental office Turner-Wood Dental in Glassboro is one of many offices participating in a Candy Buy Back program to support the soldiers overseas. Donated candy is sent to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit created to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of active duty and veteran soldiers. They send more than 150,000 care packages each year to deployed U.S. troops, recruits, veterans, wounded warriors recovering in military hospitals and their caregivers at home. Within each box are different item such as toiletries, products, homemade cards, and often a handful of candy to accompany granola bars and/or beef jerky.

Bring the kids out to Turner-Wood Dental’s annual Halloween Candy Buy Back and join the fun!

When: Monday, November 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: 500 Mullica Hill Road/Route 322, Glassboro, NJ (at the light before Rowan’s campus)

What: FREE hot dogs and lemonade will be offered and a goody bag for each child!

All candy is accepted but it must be WRAPPED. They pay $1.00 per pound of donated candy (up to 5 pounds). There will also be a card making station so each child can make a card to send to the troops!

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Want to learn about great local charity projects for kids? “Like” Charitable Children of Southern NJ on Facebook to stay up to date on all the philanthropic ideas and events you can do with your children in the area.