Tis the season of giving!

As the holiday approach, it’s the perfect time to focus on being thankful for what we have, and also looking for ways that we can give in our community. The holidays this year are going to look and feel a little different, especially for the people who are in the greatest need. When neighbors are in need, those who are able are called upon to help.

Below is a list of just some of the many ways in which you can help your neighbors this holiday season:

Riding with HEART

Riding with HEART in Pittstown offers a wide range of equine-assisted activities to individuals and their familes. The non-profit organization provides a safe, progressive, therapeutic environment to persons who are physically, emotionally or developmentally challenged. You can find out ways to volunteer or make a donation HERE.

Riding with Heart is our 2020 Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Charity.

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hunterdon County is a charitable organization that raises and distributes funds to families impacted by medical bills, assists children with disabilities and supports other causes that benefit people in need. They’re always welcoming new members and also graciously accept donations. Find out more HERE.

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick is a 2020 Happening List Finalist. 

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots has been collecting toys for children since 1947.

Options to donate include monetary donations at www.toysfortots.org/ or placing unwrapped toys in collection boxes throughout the area.

Hunterdon Helpline

Hunterdon Helpline began 49 years ago as a teen hotline, answering calls from teens about any subject or need and providing them the connection to appropriate programs and services. Today, it’s a 24-hour helpline answering the needs of at-risk populations trying to navigate the system and find answers to their life challenges. Partnering with other organizations in the county, Helpline links clients to their programs and services when appropriate after assessing the client through the intake process. To donate, click here.

United Way of Hunterdon County

United Way of Hunterdon County in Flemington focuses on helping ALICE – the 22% of Hunterdon County residents who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (or retired). It does this through poverty prevention programs, advocacy and collaborative community efforts.  To donate, click here.

Animal Alliance in Lambertville

If displaced animals have a special place in your heart, consider giving to Animal Alliance in Lambertville. The organization unites more than 400 pets with loving, adoptive families every year. To donate, go to this link.

Center for Educational Advancement

The Center for Educational Advancement was started in 1970s by family members of people with disabilities to provide opportunities for them to lead productive and engaged lives through work. To donate, click here.

Food pantries

Lambertville, Clinton and Flemington all have active food pantries that are currently accepting donations. Here are a few ways to donate:

Lambertville: https://fishermansmark.org/donations/

Clinton: http://www.opencupboardfoodpantry.org/

Flemington: http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org/ (a Happening List Finalist)

For even more ideas, visit our 2020 Happening List and check out the Charity category.


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