Giving Back

Pass it Along's 'Tilly's Kids' Program Brings Summer Fun

849cf4bd6da273204245_Tilly_s_Kids.png
Pass it Along volunteers with Tilly's Kids Credits: Provided by Melissa Terhune
849cf4bd6da273204245_Tilly_s_Kids.png

NEWARK, NJ - There is no doubt that Pass it Along’s “Tilly’s Kids” program has brought many smiles to the faces of both volunteers and a group of underserved, elementary-aged children from Newark. Pastor Tilly is a pastor at the House of Mercy Mission in Newark, New Jersey and she works with Pass it Along to develop mentoring programs.

Once or twice every week throughout the entire summer thus far, Pass it Along volunteers from various high schools in Sussex County met this extraordinary group of children at either Pastor Tilly’s home in Byram or at Swartswood State Park to create “camp days” for the children.

Each day, a volunteer was assigned a “buddy group” which included two to four children who were their “buddies” for the day. Each buddy group spent the day together and followed a fun-filled schedule. A typical day in this program:

Sign Up for E-News

  • greet the excited children when they arrive from Newark on their bus,
  • teach them how to swim and overcome their fears of jumping into the water,
  • serve them lunch,
  • take them to class, and
  • run around and play with them during free time.

The class time often included lessons on animals, entertaining and educational science experiments, and reading. The free time included helping the children learn to ride bikes, having a pretend tea party with some of the little girls, and shooting some hoops with some of the boys.

The Pass it Along volunteers had many empowering experiences. One student taught a young girl how to swim.  Before she left, she thanked her buddy and said, “ I could never have learned to swim without you!”

Lenny Fontes, a junior at Sparta High School, said, “It's amazing how people with so little can be so happy. The smiles and positive outlooks from even the youngest of kids continues to inspire and change my life with every visit with Tilly's Kids.”

Dani Dellamo, a junior at Sussex Tech, said, “Although I only got a chance to participate for one day in Tilly’s Kids this summer, the program instantly reminded me of how much of a positive impact service has on people’s lives and how rewarding volunteering truly is. This program will continue to inspire me to help everyone I can and go along with my journey in Pass it Along.”


Next week, for the final day of the Tilly’s Kids program, each child will receive a donated backpack filled with donated school supplies for the upcoming school year. Volunteers, Pass it Along, and Tilly’s Kids all hope to continue their relationships throughout the school year in other events and through other programs.

Volunteers learned what it means to be a role-model and the children carry the lessons they learned and the new friendships they created home with them. This program definitely shows that no matter what walks of life people come from, a fun and rewarding day in the sun can never go to waste.

Editor's Note: Melissa Terhune is an AP English student at Sparta High School where she is in the National Honor society and plays on the tennis team.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police Get Two Wanted People in One Traffic Stop

January 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Both passengers ended up in custody after a traffic stop on January 13 around 10:45 p.m. On Route 15 Police Officer Thomas Herd stopped Katrina Phillips, 36, because the taillight of her Jeep was cracked, police report.

When the officer asked the Hamburg resident for her credentials the passenger Jefferey Heinzelman of Dingman’s Ferry told Herd that Phillips did not ...

Sparta Police: Obstructed View Leads to Plain View Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – A Parsippany man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On January 18 around 9:50 p.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped Christopher Allocca, 21, because he had a large object hanging from his rearview mirror, police say.

When Rubino spoke with Allocca the officer smelled raw marijuana.  He also saw a ziplock bag of pills in the mesh pocket of a ...

Franklin Police: Fake Bomb Threat Called in to Distract Police

FRANKLIN, NJ – A man called in a fake bomb threat to distract police from an attempted burglary, Franklin police report.  On January 13 Franklin Borough Police were called to the Shop Rite Plaza because of a bomb threat that had been reported by a caller.

An employee at Dunkin Donuts assisted in the investigation when he reported information about the suspected caller.  The ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 24, 12:00 PM

Sussex County Library, Louise Childs Branch, Stanhope

Acing the Interview II: Mock Interviews

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_59dff0942bb8fc85575d_boe_sign__3_

Mon, January 29, 7:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education January Meeting ...

Education

Carousel_image_25dd425f691d71e54643_sussex_county_library

Wed, January 31, 12:00 PM

Stanhope

Master the Art of Networking

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_30a4118f95fa8e5e705a_sussex_county_library

Wed, January 31, 1:00 PM

Stanhope

Job Seeker Meet and Greet

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_0a5fcad6243f8a3aa0e5_sussex_county_library

Sat, February 17, 10:00 AM

Sussex County Main Library, Newton

Path to Employment: Starting your Job Search

Business & Finance

Between the Bread Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

January 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ— Between the Bread, owned by 22 year old, Newton High School graduate, Erin Louglas, celebrated on Saturday, January 13. It was two years since the doors first opened. 

This little cafe has thrived, despite 70 percent of Newton’s Spring Street filled with vacant store fronts, according to Newton Town Council when a business development plan ...

Rutgers Historians Collecting 2018 Women's March Signs

January 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Believe it or not, we’re living through history right now. That’s why the Rutgers University Libraries want to collect artifacts and memorabilia from the present day.

If you took part in yesterday's women's march in Morristown, or one of the "sister" marches across the state, you should consider donating your signs and protest memorabilia ...

Savvy Tips for Making Home Safe for Seniors

Finding out a senior you love experienced a fall in their home feels terrible.  Learning they laid on the floor for hours unable to get up, and that the fall could have been easily avoided feels far worse.  Team Nest Builder’s Marketing Manager knows....her mother-in-law recently fell in her New Jersey home, and she experienced that exact scenario. That’s why today, Team ...

Top Family-Voted Sledding Spots in Sussex and Morris Counties

Snow-bound and down? Team Nest Builder says, “Get out of the house, grab that dusty Radio Flyer sled out of the garage, and head to one of these Sussex or Morris County hills for brrrrrrrreath-taking fun!”

 

MORRIS COUNTY:

Boonton:


Tourne County Park (a portion of the park area an officially designated sledding hill)

Chester:  


Grove ...

OPEN HOUSE Check out this TROPHY 3BR Parsippany Home SUNDAY

It's time to TREAT YOURSELF to a real trophy home!  Seeking a stunning 3BR/2.5 Bath pad with panache in upscale Puddingstone Heights that's both tranquil and private, yet minutes from Morristown?  29 High Ridge Road's your house! And you can check it out in person at our OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, January 14th from 1pm-3pm.  

Located ...

Man-flu may be for real!

Man-flu may be for real!
Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES
A study published in the British Medical Journal on December 27, 2017 reporting the results of an investigation into the existence of “man-flu” suggests that flu in men may really be more severe and cause worse symptoms than flu in women.

Abstract of original journal article: ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 10, 2018 meeting

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 10, 2018 meeting video.

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 8, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - The video of the January 8, 2018 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 

O-negative blood in particularly short supply this winter

January 22, 2018

 MONTVALE, NJ  – Because of its severity, New Jersey’s ongoing blood shortage has attracted significant attention – but many people are still unaware that the need for O-negative blood is acute.

As the universal blood type, O-negative can be given to anyone in need. Between dangerous weather, a worse-than-expected flu season, and the ongoing ...