HOW YOU CAN HELP: More than 3,500 needy children, troubled youth, lonely seniors and disabled adults could receive a measure of joy this holiday season through The Volunteer Center of Bergen County, which is looking for companies, religious and civic groups, chambers of commerce and other community organizations — as well as individuals and families — to participate in its annual “All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program.”
The center has yet to match 1,600 of those with donors willing to make their holiday wish come true.
“We are asking groups of all kinds to step up and help those in need,” said Janet Sharma, the center’s executive director. “They can collect gifts or raise funds to help others find some joy in the holiday season.”
“All Wrapped Up” has two components:
Adopt-a-Family: The Volunteer Center has already received gift requests for more than 750 families, ranging in size from two to seven people, and that number is expected to grow. Donors will be given a family profile, with specific gift requests that could include clothes, toys or household items. Donors should consider spending about $50 per family member. Donors may also provide gift certificates to stores or supermarkets.
Heart-to-Heart: Donors with limited budgets or those who would like to focus on one needy person may help through this part of the program. The Volunteer Center has already received nearly 1,000 requests for assistance. Donors are asked to provide supermarket gift certificates, clothing and gifts for the individual they select. Suggested amount: $50.
Donors will have no direct contact with individuals or families; all gifts will be delivered to and distributed by non-profit organizations.
TO PARTICIPATE: Bergen Volunteers
Donors will receive profiles with specific gift requests.
MORE INFO: Debbie Emery, (201) 489-9454 ext. 118
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