DENVILLE, N.J. - The Denville-based Men’s Club at the Saint Francis Residential Community, is asking the public to support its community projects, stressing the importance of the word "community."

"The word 'community' is significant when discussing the Men’s Club projects," said Men's Club coordinator Patrick Whalen in a statement. "We help those in need. Not only as a club, but through the cooperative efforts and support of residents, friends, staff and other civic organizations."

Whalen said the club works with a number of area organizations, including Sunrise Rotary Club of Denville, a group that is collecting money - with its "Pennies for the Poor" program - for Denville Social Services. A coin collection canister can be found at the Saint Francis Residential Community front desk, said Whalen.

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He urged people to participate in "Box Tops" and “Campbell’s Labels for Education” efforts. "Simply remove these labels from your grocery products and place them in the canister at our reception desk," Whalen said. "We collect these items for the Divine Mercy and Saint Mary’s Prep schools. The schools get necessary education supplies with these items."

In cooperation with the Denville Kiwanis, the club is helping out with “Shoe Box” a program that recycles used shoes, sneakers or boots. "Place these items in the container in our lobby," Whalen said. "We place the Items in large plastic bags, 40 pounds each, and have them transported to a central pick-up location." The objective of this effort is to "keep those items out of the landfill and provide refurbished items to a third world country," Whalen said.  

An envelope on the bulletin board near the dining room is where people can deposit canceled stamps as part of the “Cancelled Stamps for the Missions" project. The stamps are collected for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to support its missionary project.        

One way online shoppers can help is by selecting Saint Francis Health Resort as their charity when buying from Amazon. Amazon ends .005 percent of each order to Saint Francis at no additional cost to shoppers, Whalen said.

Then there's the “Souper Bowl of Caring." "We collect cans of hearty soup and paper goods in January," Whalen said. The collected items are delivered to the Denville Food Pantry.

To help the homeless, people can participate in “Christmas Packets for Homeless," a program in which the club provides 25 packages each containing seven items. "Our Knitting Club provides stocking caps," Whalen noted.

"We hope that this notice makes you aware and generates interest for our efforts which produce extraordinary results,:" he said. "Please tell your friends, family, and associates about our community projects.

Whalen can be emailed at patrick_whalen2002@yahoo.com