THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE BACK TO THOSE IN NEED.
Now more than ever, we need your help to make this holiday season joyful for families in Passaic County! United Way of Passaic County's Winter Wishes Program helps families in need by providing gifts for children and families.
This year, in order to keep everyone safe during COVID-19, this year's Winter Wishes program will be all virtual.
We invite you to review the non-profit organizations listed below and use their virtual wish lists to buy and send gifts to them.
Non-profits who would like to be added to this list can email their information to Caroline.
Organizations Requesting Toys
Center For Family Resources serves low-income children and families throughout Passaic County with Head Start program locations in Ringwood, Wayne & Clifton. They are requesting toys and socks, and their wish list is on Target.
NJ Community Development Corporation is requesting toys and food for their 27th Annual Holiday Party on Christmas Eve, benefiting hundreds of Paterson children. Check out their Amazon wish list and Target wish list.
St. Peter's Haven in Clifton is requesting toys and items for children and teens, through Dec 18. Shop from their Target wish list. Gifts can also be dropped off at St. Peter's Haven every Tuesday - Friday from 9am to 3pm.
Passaic Head Start serves low income children and families in Passaic and they are requesting toys. Their wish list is on Target.
Passaic County CASA is requesting gift cards in place of toys. All gift card donations will go to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and placed in foster care in Passaic County. More information is here.
Sponsor a Family
Salvation Army - The Adopt-A-Family program connects impoverished families with individuals or groups to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Sponsors come in many shapes and sizes. They can be individuals, families, small businesses, or large corporations. Fill out the online form for more information.
Food Pantries Requesting Food
The need for food assistance has increased greatly due to pandemic unemployment. You can help food pantries that are helping families by clicking on the links below to shop.
- Fathers Cupboard Food Pantry is located in Wanaque. View their wish list on Target.
- St. Peter's Haven Food pantry is located in Clifton. Shop & ship non-perishable food from their wish list on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/35JCYQDUZL1JG/
- Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry provides assistance in Wayne, to those in need including working families, the disabled, seniors and others in our community who may be struggling with hunger, job loss, illness, accidents, the death of a loved one, or a reduction in their living standard because of a changing economy. WIN Food Pantry is requesting food and Shoprite gift cards. More information is here.
Sadly, we cannot accommodate in-person volunteering for gift sorting, holiday parties, etc. this year due to COVID-19. We hope to see you again soon!