After collecting more than $3000 worth of gifts from its members, the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) assisted FAMILYConnections, a community-based counselling and family service agency located in Orange, in preparing for its annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ party. JLOSH members purchased gifts for over 85 children attending the party. In addition, 18 JLOSH volunteers wrapped the gifts and helped FAMILYConnections decorate for the party.
FAMILYConnections hosts the annual party for children and parents who have been reunited after a separation during which the children were placed in foster care. Due to state budget cuts, FAMILYConnections lost its funding for the party this year and was in desperate need of assistance.
JLOSH responded to the needs of FAMILYConnections with enthusiasm. The party, which was held on December 16 at Reunity House in East Orange, was a tremendous success and was attended by reunited families, program staff, board members, and local politicians. After dinner and entertainment, FAMILYConnections recognized each reunited family and distributed the gifts that had been purchased by JLOSH members to the delighted children.
JLOSH was proud to help an organization that provides assistance to some of the most vulnerable families in our community. JLOSH president Laura Overdeck added: “It was very moving to see the children served by FAMILYConnections together with their birth families experiencing the joy of the holidays. JLOSH was thrilled to work with FAMILYConnections and contribute to its important mission. JLOSH is committed to helping women and children in the community, and our longstanding relationship with FAMILYConnections provides us with a wonderful opportunity to help fulfill that goal.”
Every year, JLOSH members work together to tackle critical needs of women and children in our area. JLOSH provides service to the communities of Orange, East Orange, South Orange, West Orange, Maplewood, Springfield, Millburn, Short Hills, and Livingston. Founded in 1913, JLOSH reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins. Its purpose is purely educational and charitable.