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Give Back 2016: Thanksgiving and Holiday Drives in the Princeton Area

Hunger and need is not just an issue that afflicts families in other countries. In New Jersey alone, more than 1 million people don't always know where their next meal will come from. This includes almost 340,000 children (1 in 5 kids). (Source) It's so easy to get caught up in all the exitement that comes with the holidays: shopping, decorating, pumpkin spice, peppermint, juicy turkeys and tree lighting ceremonies. While we can often feel overwhelmed by all the holiday preparation, think of the families who don't kow if they'll be able to have a holiday this year. It doesn't take much to donate money or goods to ensure a local family can enjoy the holidays. Below is a list of events and drives going on that you can contribute to. 

Tuesday, November 29: The Lebensfeld Foundation has agreed to match Annual Fund or unrestricted gifts made to the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation up to $5,000. This means, a gift of $100 will be recognized as a gift of $200, while a gift of $10,000 will be recognized as $15,000 after the $5,000 matching gift is applied. We are excited to offer this opportunity to our community.

Saturday, December 3: The Arts Council of Princeton’s Ceramics Community – students, instructors, & local ceramic artists – are creating 250 handmade bowls to feed the hungry in anticipation of the first Soul-Filled Bowls event to be held at in the ACP’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts from 11:30-3:30. The public is invited to come purchase a beautiful handmade ceramics bowl for $20, enjoy soup donated by Blawenburg Cafe and a piece of bread. All proceeds will benefit Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and Mercer Street Friends. For more information, please contact Kathleen 609.924.8777.

Friday, December 9 - Sunday, December 11: The Arts Council of Princeton announces the annual Sauce for the Goose Holiday Art Sale at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ. Sauce for the Goose features a mix of fine art and functional crafts from more than 30 area artists, including paintings, drawings, functional and decorative ceramics, art glass, holiday ornaments, greeting cards, photography, jewelry, hand-knit fashions, felted work, and more. The sale provides important income for local artists during the holiday season, while also raising funds to support the Arts Council’s programs. For more information regarding Sauce for the Goose, visit or call 609.924.8777.

Children’s Home Society Drive

Montgomery Twp/ShopRite Turkey Donation Program

JM Group Holiday Meal Drive

Toys For Tots collection at Captain Paul’s: Donate new and unwarpped toys for kids at their Lawrenceville location. 

Bank of Princeton and MoreBank Food Drives

Adopt at family at HomeFront. Learn who to make a Christmas Wish come true

For a general list of organizations that hold collections for those in need, visit the Community and Regional Affairs at Princeton page:

PEAC Health & Fitness will be a collection site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.  Toys will be collected from November 28th through December 11th.  Anyone is welcome to drop off new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed at Christmas to local, underprivileged children.  PEAC’s collection is in conjunction with Battery G 3rd Battalion 14th Marines, located in Ft. Dix, NJ. For more information about PEAC’s collection, please contact Christine Salmon at PEAC Health and Fitness at 609-883-2000,, or visit  PEAC is located at 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ.

Mercer County Veteran Services is conducting its annual donation drive to help veterans and their families enjoy the comforts of a hot meal on each holiday. Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate, make your check payable to Mercer County Trust Fund. Please mail your donation to the Mercer County Division of Veteran Services, 2280 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08619. For additional information on making a donation, please call (609) 989-6120. Click here to learn more. 



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