All Wrapped U

Once again we 'adopted'  30 struggling individuals and family members  who gave us their needs-list for Christmas.  In addition to all of the gifts, we gave $1,815 in Gift Certificates for these families!

The majority of the certificates were for food  (ShopRite and Stop & Shop) , allowing us to give  $40 per person in each family!

Thank you all who helped with our outreach to these neighbors  

Let's make sure they can truly feel the blessings and joy of Christmas 

Did you see
the special thanks on Bergen Volunteer Center's Facebook Page 
for our contribution to the
2017 All Wrapped Up program?
Here it is
The Thank you Letters and Cards from 2016 recipients
One source of the  needy families that we 'adopted' were those nominated for help by Family Workers at a  Hackensack-based Head Start program.  The children who attend the Head Start preschool program (ages 3 to 5) wrote Thank you cards to us for our gifts!  We gave gifts not only to these young children, but to their siblings and parents as well. 

While it is very difficult, with the limited information we have, to connect the exact 'thank you' card to a specific gift, here are their thanks to you!
The cards from the children were accompanied by a few notes, one from the Family Worker who headed the program.  It reads, in part, 

"I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for all that you did to assist the children of the Greater Bergen Head Start Program during the holiday season. We are truly grateful........As a result of your generosity, we were able to provide toys, clothing, hats and gloves, socks and other necessities to the children in our program.  I wish you could have seen the look of joy on all of their little faces.  Please know that you have made a great difference in their lives...." 
In addition, there were brief notes from parents, including one which reads "To the members of the Church - Thank you so much for your gifts.  My sincerely (sic) appreciation for value (sic - valuable?) gifts that we received.  Thank you again."   Another, written in Spanish and translated, reads "Thank you so much for the gifts.  God bless you and God protect you.  We are very happy with the gifts.  Merry Christmas."
In addition to the families introduced through the Head Start program, we adopted several impoverished seniors and one disabled young adult nominated by the Bergen County Visiting Homemaker services.  We received a letter of thanks from this organization which reads, in part

"I can't begin to express what your holiday gifts meant to our clients.  All gifts were delivered by December 20th, 2016. The thoughtfulness of your congregation is amazing.  Our clients are always so thankful to have a wrapped gift...(which) brightens their holidays... Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts."