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Sunday School Collecting Items for Jersey Cares

Jersey Cares Donation Box

Jersey Cares donation box, accessible from the entrance on Ackerman Avenue

SADDLE BROOK - The First Reformed Church Sunday School has instituted a new community service project for the month of March and the beginning of April. The Sunday School will be helping the Jersey Cares Organization by collecting items needed for their First Night Kits program.

Jersey Cares is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1993 with a mission to increase volunteer efforts to address those in need in the state of New Jersey. (Info derived from Jersey Cares website, www.jerseycares.org)

Their First Night Kits program serves children in New Jersey who are being removed from their homes and placed in state care, because they have been abused, neglected or have run away. They may feel frightened or rejected and are in desperate need of help. This program involves assembling items which are presented to domestic violence shelters, transitional housing facilities, runaway safe havens, foster homes, and other agencies with transitional populations in need of hygiene items on the "first night" of their stay. Often, people arriving at these facilities are in sudden and difficult circumstances which leave them without the most basic of necessities. This program helps make their life a little easier on a very difficult day.

The Sunday School children will collect donations for this worthy cause and then deliver them to Jersey Cares, where a team of volunteers will assemble the kits. You can also opt to choose an age group and make up your own kit for a child. Please note Jersey Cares can ONLY accept new, unopened items and clothing. Pajamas, T-Shirts, socks and underwear MUST still have tags on. All donations can be left in the donation box at the church by accessing the Ackerman Avenue entrance. Donations will be accepted through Sunday, April 2nd.

"Our involvement with Jersey Cares engages our young people and the congregation in a way that continues to make visible our compassion for people in need," Rev. Christopher B. Wolf said of this community service project.

We are asking for your help to insure that this program is a great success. Please ask your family, friends, and neighbors to participate and help as well. With prayer and by working together, we can help make a difference at a critical time in a child's life.

For a complete list of items that are needed, click HERE to download and print, or click HERE to visit the project page on the church website for further information and updates on this project.