- Turkeys/Hams: Many supermarkets offering free turkeys/hams during the holiday season when customers spend a required amount over the time period of the offer. If you will not need your turkey/ham, please consider donating it to the needy. As in the past, the turkeys/hams will be delivered to the Market Street Mission. Our collection date is usually the Sunday before the particular holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter)
http://www.marketstreet.org/) (Please keep the turkeys frozen.)
- Monthly Special Mission Collections: Each month the congregation targets a special group to receive our mission collection.
The group is identified by the Deacons prior to the collection month. Past Special Missions have been One Great Hour of Sharing,
Church World Service (CWS) Blanket Sunday, Family Promise, Bridges Outreach Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), Annual Souper Bowl Collection, and a special collection for the Black Churches burned in Mississippi.
- Participation in Bridges Outreach Program: Several members of the church gather once a month to make lunches for the homeless. These brown bag lunches are delivered to the Summit office of Bridges Outreach where they are then hand delivered to homeless in Irvington, NYC, and Newark. (www.bridgesoutreach.org) See the calendar for our next date! We are always collecting donations juice packets, bottles of water, goldfish, pretzels, nuts, snacks of all kinds, pudding, and fruit cups.
We make close to 500 lunches per year and are grateful for the support of our congregation.
Please contact Jean Hoffman with any questions or donations.
- Family Promise: The congregation has been involved with Family Promise (previously known as Interfaith Hospitality Network) for over three decades. This organization provides a necessary support mechanism and a place for families in transition to eat and sleep. Partnering with other local churches we provide meals and onsite coordinators a few times a year at the Trinity House in Stirling.
- Food Pantry: A continuous collection of items takes place. Items may be left in baskets marked "Food Pantry."
There are two baskets - one on the small table outside of Pollard Hall, the second is in the narthex. On the first Sunday of each month, a second collection of food products is taken during the worship service. They are delivered regularly to the food pantry across the street.
- School Supplies: During July and August we collect school supplies such as notebooks, notebook paper, pencils, pens, glue, erasers, markers, colored pencils, pocket pencil sharpeners, and more. These items will be donated to children in New Jersey who need them in September. You can place your items on the pew inside Pollard Hall.
- Toiletries: Full-sized bars of soap, and "courtesy" sizes of shampoo, conditioner, soap, and shower caps are donated to various causes. Place on the pew inside Pollard Hall.
- Sneaker Project:
Place used pairs of sneakers (any size) on the pew inside
Pollard Hall. Collected sneakers are sent to the Somerset Food Bank
or other charities.
- Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, and Cell Phones: Place used glasses and cell phones on the
pew inside Pollard Hall.
- Yarn & Cotton Material: Yarn is used to make lap robes for wounded veterans and
people in nursing homes, afghans for battered women, and baby hats for newborns in hospitals; any color is acceptable. Fabric (with the exception of wool and stretchables) of about
half a yard is used to make small bears for children, totes for wheelchair patients, etc. Place these items on the pew inside Pollard Hall.