HAMILTON-BORDENTOWN, NJ-- With the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic, many families have been unable to support their favorite non-profit or community organization.  While shopping for holiday gifts for friends and family, don’t forget Giving Tuesday as a great opportunity to give a gift of support to local groups.

There are many options available to support a variety of local and regional organizations.

One Project NJ is partnering with HomeFront to provide necessary daily items to families in need. For a donation of $25, supporters can provide an individual with a basket that includes soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, tissues, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hats, gloves, some games for the family, and more. Individuals also can make their own basket that can be dropped off at a designated location.

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In lieu of the annual Hunger Project event with 1,800 volunteers to package 150,000 meals, One Project has hosted safer, smaller events to package 10,000 meals for local food banks. Donations the One Project Giving Tuesday Program will be accepted until December 11.

The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey are also encouraging families to support their mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Donations of any range are welcome.

Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ helps more than 20,000 girls thrive in nine New Jersey counties through activities that help them discover, connect and take action.

The Rotary Club of Bordentown will be wrapping up their Winter Hat and Gloves collection on Friday, December 4 to provide warm items to men, women and children. Items collected via donation boxes at Salon 105, John Pavlovsky’s office, and at Huber Moore Funeral Home will be donated to local food banks for distribution.

Similarly, The Rotary Club of Robbinsville and Hamilton is creating Winter Survival Kits that will include hygiene products.  Coats, scarves and hats collect will be donated to Sandro’s Closet. In addition, they are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children that will be donated to Womanspace and RISE non-profit organizations. 

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties is encouraging tax-deductible donations that will support their programs to provide housing for families.  They also accept older cars, vans and recreational vehicles to help support local affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity operates the Re-Store located in Independence Plaza in Hamilton Township and in Maple Shade in Burlington County that sells home items ranging from furniture to carpets to storage items and more at a reduced price.

The Hamilton Area YMCA  is encouraging their supporters to use their Amazon Smile site as they shop for online gifts allowing for a percentage of eligible purchases to help support programs for local children and families.  

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