Giving Back

Press Releases

Another Joyful Holiday for Paterson Women and Children

b0a214d035225d40802e_AE901B92-F3DA-4E3D-A0D6-BE54E02426FF.jpeg
Credits: All photos by Emily Simpson, Oasis
56ce67b697fc2f38ddea_19276DAF-11AD-4AA4-AAE0-D086C4E48C79.jpeg
6c423f9b30ff1fb7734d_6B5DFE4D-A06E-42CF-9881-455802084B40.jpeg
861617028f22886d6449_8432EEFA-3E86-4153-9DF8-B96DB0F99337.jpeg
caa3aab385dd1e6c6c08_CFF2C667-EBF8-47DC-AE58-2AB8A5238C73.jpeg
38922e6220bf3d49ff17_F0FF40F3-B8DB-4D46-8077-0F97C224C318.jpeg
6267fcbe49aca9a44a7a_8E81B5E8-3B0E-4127-8CA7-09CDE762496E.jpeg
6eb0f3d907e7a41f3f95_3A096DD7-3279-416E-8D58-376987517198.jpeg
4aa2b3a515c036fd535e_6C8F341C-A36A-45D5-9C2C-8F0E2ABA4628.jpeg
9532bafdc28b195ca202_99059A5F-74C9-4FDD-A876-91D9D2D79DE4.jpeg
45763ba8ed7aa3d67dee_FD7D56B9-1274-45A5-ABD5-CB05679FE61C.jpeg
ac5af786ec9e8df9b567_4757E9CD-98F4-4378-B047-0DFF201D1464.jpeg
2047a4ec825732cf8961_6FF7ED14-A638-47B1-BEFC-527C12FFA084.jpeg
b0a214d035225d40802e_AE901B92-F3DA-4E3D-A0D6-BE54E02426FF.jpeg

PATERSON, NJ – Oasis, a non-profit which serves women and children on Mill Street in Paterson, has been in full holiday mode throughout December, accepting 5,000 donations of new toys, coats, hats, scarves, and pajamas to make the holidays brighter for those in need.

Santa’s elves, led by long-time volunteer Mary Ellen Vitti, spend two weeks organizing these donations and transforming the Oasis 3rd floor community room into Santa’s workshop. This collection culminates in opportunities for 300 adult education students and 500 women from the community to choose toys and clothes for the children in their families.

“The holidays at Oasis remind us how small acts of kindness truly go a long way,” said Oasis Executive Director Jennifer Brady. “Donations of a toy or a coat from a generous family go directly to a family who won’t have much else under their tree or in their closet. Our women and children are so very grateful for this outpouring of generosity and their smiles and words of gratitude throughout the season prove it.”

Sign Up for E-News

Corporate and community groups volunteered their time to help organize and manage the thousands of donations over the last two weeks, including Sax LLP, Bank of America, Church of St. Anne, Columbia Bank, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, Health and Wellness Partners, and Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of NJ.

The Oasis community brunch on Thursday, December 22 served as the capstone of the holiday season. Over 500 women and children enjoyed a delicious hot meal from the Market Basket of Franklin Lakes before browsing the toy room for gifts. Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter joined the celebration and helped served the holiday meal. Over 50 volunteers from numerous community and corporate groups made the day run smoothly, including those from Benjamin Moore, BD, Circle of Care, Direct Energy, Hawthorne Gospel Church, and KPMG.

“The giving spirit is alive and well in the New Jersey corporate community,” noted Oasis Chief Development and Marketing Officer Kathleen Long. “Our corporate partners have again stepped up to lift the spirits of those in need, just as they support our efforts to help women and children rise out of poverty and create better futures for their families. They’re with us not just in December, but all year long.”

 

 

 

About Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children: Oasis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Paterson, New Jersey whose mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need. Over 700 women and children are served every day. Learn more at www.oasisnj.org.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

TAPinto Paterson Reader Shares Concerns About Absentee Ballots

April 21, 2018

Dear editor:

I am writing this letter to express a grave concern I have regarding the influx of absentee ballots. To my understanding, absentee ballots were designed to be used by those who are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. Such as people in the armed services or those who are away on vacation. 

This year’s municipal election will be one for the history books.

Assembly's Longest Serving Member Dead at 79

April 19, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's Assembly members, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly, are mourning the loss of their colleague, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) who died on Thursday.

Green, 79, was the longest serving member of the Assembly, and considered to be a champion of affordable housing. Green stepped down as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Organization on January 24 to ...

Paterson Mayor Candidate Andre Sayegh Names Vaughn L. McKoy, a Paterson Native, as Campaign Counsel

April 20, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Andre Sayegh, the sixth ward councilman who is seeking to be Paterson’s next mayor in the city’s elections next month, has named Paterson native Vaughn L. McKoy, JD, MBA as his campaign counsel.

McKoy, a former state and federal prosecutor as well as a lawyer in private practice, will volunteer and serve as a key adviser to the campaign. Sayegh said he felt extremely ...