In 2015, our holiday outreach program was very successful. We reached over 2,750 children who live in poverty in and around the Newark, NJ area.
Some of the schools where we went and handed out gifts were South 17th St. Elementary, Cleveland Avenue Elementary, Louise A. Spencer Elementary, JFK High School, and Mount Vernon Elementary. We also visited head start programs and donated to Beth Israel Diagnostic Center..
The children are so excited and thankful to be given Christmas gifts. For most of them, the gift that is received from our program is the only gift they receive at Christmas. Each child received a bag of age appropriate gifts, a cupcake, water bottle and most importantly, our warm wishes and love for them. It was truly an awesome time. Thank you for all of you who helped make this endeavor a successful one!
Our goals for 2016 include: Continued outreach to the Newark population, extended outreach to vulnerable children living in other areas of New Jersey, donations to more preschool and head start programs, and reaching out to the homeless population in Newark.
Ways you can help include providing new and unwrapped toys and giving monetary donations for the purchase of gifts, warm hats and gloves.
Suggestion for new toy donation include: basketballs, footballs, nerf balls, puzzles, blankets, books, legos, Barbie dolls, matchbox cars, playdoh, coloring books and crayons, board games, and card games.
Age appropriate: 1 year to 14 years.
Checks can be mailed to:
C/o Pastor Tilly Giresi
PO Box 735
Andover, NJ 07821
For bulk donations, please email Pastor Tilly at: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop-off or pick-up.
Delivery days for the gifts will be during the two weeks prior to Christmas. Ideally, all gifts should be received by December 14.
Tilly’s Kids is a non-profit with 501 c 3 status and all donations are tax deducible.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!