Giving Back

Missions Possible, Started by Cranford Moms Collect Holiday Items for Homeless Families


CRANFORD, NJ - Two Cranford moms, Robin Johnstone and Melina Thompson, started Missions Possible as a way to help families with children in need of clothing and furniture to help equip them in getting back on their feet and prepared for a most successful and fruitful life.

Their website expalins, "If you are moving, redecorating or simply want to share, we have a need for your gently used items. We work alongside local social service agencies to assist families with children."

All throughout the year they collect and distribute items to families out of their Kenilworth location at 261 Monroe Ave. 

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During the holidays, they throw a holiday party for homeless mothers and their children, who live in the Elizabeth YMCA women's shelter. For many of these families this will be their only holiday experience. At this party the families are provided with a spread of food, the children get to take pictures with Santa and every family leaves with a bag of toys and clothing specifically for each family. This year, Missions Possible is collecting items for over 50 families.

Anyone interested in donating toward the holiday party that takes place this Saturday, Dec. 12, can follow these suggestions they've provided:

Baby toys
Ethnic baby dolls
Play cars
Nerf items
Easy bake ovens
Star Wars items 
Gift cards to Target or Walmart

You may also donate anything else you think would make a nice gift for a child between the ages of 0-16.

All gifts are needed by Thursday, Dec. 10, and are being collected at CrossFit KOA located at 8 Eastman Street in Cranford (hours 6:00am-10:30am and 5:00pm- 9:00pm).

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