For over 75 years the JLMC has impacted the Monmouth County community through a variety of activities. Recent past projects include the following:
Habitat for Humanity
April is National Volunteer Month, and this year the JLMC partnered with Coastal Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes in the Monmouth County area impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Members of the JLMC and their families met each Saturday in April to help 3 families recover from the storm.
Sandy’s Toy Shoppe
The JLMC joined forces with Distinctive Toys, Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LFEC), Knights of Columbus and rebuildrecover.com to create Sandy’s Toy Shoppe and created a toy shop for victim of Hurricane Sandy. The JLMC held a toy drive at its annual Holiday Shopping Boutique, Home for the Holidays, at Rumson Country Day School. Sandy’s Toy Shoppe was a place where affected families were able to select age-appropriate toys for their children to ensure the magic of Christmas and Chanukah would carry on despite the devastating tragedy of Hurricane Sandy.
For over 20 years the JLMC has partnered with Saturday Soup, a soup kitchen held at the Trinity Church in Asbury Park. This past November, 277 individuals (and 78 children) were provided a full Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings thanks to the efforts of JLMC volunteers and the support of local businesses. On the menu: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mixed green vegetables, dinner rolls, gravy, cranberry sauce, salad, and an assortment of pies, and beverages. Many guests enjoyed seconds and were able to bring something home for a relative or neighbor unable to attend.
Trunk or Treat
We provided a trick or treat experience for the children and moms of our partner Linkages. The program included a safety demonstration from a local police officer, light snacks, and of course trick-or-treating from trunk to decorated trunk of participating JLMC member’s cars!
Holly Jolly Stuffing Party
The JLMC gets into the holiday at the Holiday Express Warehouse in Shrewsbury each year. JLMC volunteers play elves for the afternoon, stuffing 126 gift bags with socks, blankets, gloves, playing cards, and more for women at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. Founded by Tim McCloone, Holiday Express delivers live music, food, gifts, and the gift of human kindness to adults and children who are physically and mentally disabled, living with AIDS or homeless, as well as the isolated elderly. Over 20 professional musicians and more than 600 volunteers will put on 50 shows between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. In addition, the organization will host two soup kitchens on Christmas Eve that will serve over 2,000 needy people in the New York area. What a great way to kick off the season of giving!
Spring House, Manna House and Catholic Charities Linkages, were treated to a fun evening full of cookie decorating and of course, eating! Each participant and their children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and got to take home several new recipes and two dozen beautifully decorated cookies. More importantly, those in attendance began a new family tradition they will be able to enjoy every year with their families.