The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Newcomers’ Club provided welcome cheer to those in need this holiday season. The group organized multiple opportunities for its members to give back to the community.
Under the guidance of Jennifer Delos Santos, the club’s Community Outreach Chair, the Newcomers participated in the following programs:
- Project Night Night – 13 tote bags filled with a stuffed animal, a security blanket and a story book were donated to the Raphael’s Life House in Elizabeth.
- Thanksgiving Baskets the Scotch Plains Food Pantry currently located at St. Bartholomew’s Church – Eight laundry baskets filled with a Thanksgiving dinner, including turkeys or gift cards for turkeys, as well as cereals, pastas, soups, and other staples, were given to St. Bartholomew the Apostle Parish and the St. Bartholomew Academy of Scotch Plains, which distributed them to local families in need.
- Raphael’s Life House, Elizabeth – Newcomer’s Club members volunteered their time on November 12 to help sort and organize donated items within the house.
- Little Shoebox Project – 32 little shoeboxes were collected at the Club’s annual holiday breakfast with Santa. These boxes were donated to the St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth for distribution to those in need this holiday season.
- Community Food Bank of NJ – Newcomers’ members volunteered their time on Dec. 21 to the kids' division at the food bank.
“The holidays are often a difficult time for some and we look forward to the different ways we can lend a hand each year,” said Delos Santos. “I am continually impressed and humbled by the giving spirit of our members.”
The Newcomers will have more opportunities to serve the community as they host an event during the Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 20 from 11:15 am to 3 pm at the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains. Open to the public, individuals of all ages can bring a healthy snack donation and help assemble snack packs for the Homefirst After School Kids’ Club in Plainfield. Homefirst is an interfaith housing and family service organization delivering comprehensive solutions to homelessness. More information can be found at www.spfmlkday.com.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Newcomers’ Club is a non-profit social club for residents and neighbors looking to connect with their community. With over 70 active families, the club plans events and activities throughout the year for individuals and families during the day, evening and weekends.
If you are interested in learning more about our organization and joining us at these and other events, visit our website (www.spfnewcomers.com) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.