Ethnic Hair Products for Homeless in NJ
According to NJ Counts 2017, 49.9% (4,260) of persons identified their race African-American, making this the largest racial subgroup of homeless persons counted.
Yet, most, if not 99% of the hair care products donated to shelters and agencies are for caucasian hair. Bet you didn't think about that until right now!
We thought it was crucial to make a special push for hair care products for African American hair this year, not only to bring awareness of the need but to help deliver the much needed products to those in need of it.
Hair care is important for confidence and for moments when looking presentable is crucial, such as job interviews and meetings with potential landlords.
Read our blog post for wish list and drop off locations:http://bit.ly/2CDktH0
DEADLINE: This will be an ongoing project!
Welcome Home Kits
We want to help the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative by helping provide “Welcome Home Kit” filled with essentials for local homeless who are approved for housing. Their goal is to provide housing to 42 individuals who currently are homeless in Cumberland County.
Feel free to donate specific supplies for the kits or donate completed kits. No donation is too small. Most of the small stuff can be found at your local dollar store. CLICK HERE for list of items needed and how to contact about donating.
Ipsy Bag Collection
We are collaborating with SERV (Services Empowering Rights of Victims) to help women of domestic violence create a safety plan bags. Each bag will be given to a woman who is meeting with a SERV member and will keep her safety plan, extra house/car key, travel size toothbrush/ toothpaste, feminine products and tissues in their bag. Learn more about SERV here.
Feel free to donate bags only, donate travel hygiene products only or both.
They can be shipped to:
301 N. Wade Blvd Apt. 307
Millville, NJ 08332
Or drop off at Cooks Cleaners
1163 Shiloh Pike
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Books for Kids in Bridgeton
Alms Center in Bridgeton has a constant flow of kids in and out of their building and we wanted to help create a literacy corner for them to enjoy. We have created a literacy/activity corner through your donations and hope for continuous support from our community. Kids are allowed to bring a book off the shelf of their choice to bring home and keep. Because of this, the book drive will be ongoing to help keep the book shelves full.
Benefits of children reading and being read too: A stronger relationship with you, academic excellence, basic speech skills, the basics of how to read a book, better communication skills, mastery of language, more logical thinking skills, acclimation to new experiences, enhanced concentration and discipline, and the knowledge that reading is fun. Just to name a few.
We are in search of:
-New & gently used children books for ages Pre-K to 4th grade.
-Kid chairs and new bean bag chairs.
Drop off donations directly to the Alms Center or to our ongoing drop off location at Cooks Cleaners, 1163 Shiloh Pike, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
Duffel Bags for Foster Kids
The average foster care child moves 7 times before the age of 18. Most of the time, these children are moving place to place carrying only a garbage bag. Our goal is to eliminate trash bags as an acceptable form of luggage for the foster children and teens in South Jersey. Most times when children are taken from their home, they don’t have necessities such as a toothbrush or change of clothes. They are alone and in need of a friend in their stuffed animal pal.
This will be an ongoing project due to the fact that kids and teens continuously entering foster care . Our goal is to eliminate trash bags as an acceptable form of luggage for the children that a local non-profit serves, Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Items needed: Duffel Bag/Small Luggage, hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash/soap, comb/brush, etc.), stuffed animal and small blanket. * ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW.