Monday, December 2, 2013

Giving Back

I copied this from Volunteers of Bergen County, Inc. It's a great way to give back in the spirit of the season.

Dear Friends:

The deadline to adopt a family or individual through our All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program is fast approaching and we still need your help.  
We started with more than 3,500 people -- individuals and families -- who are depending on us for holiday cheer this year.  We've matched most of our clients with over 625 generous donors, but the wishes of over 500 remain unfulfilled.   
We have many children, senior citizens and adults living with disabilities still needing to be "adopted" with holiday season.  
Help us help those who have asked for help!  Just click below to adopt a family, or heart to heart.  If you have already participated, please forward this email to a friend, post it on your Facebook page or tweet it to your followers on Twitter. 
Let's all pitch and show that the spirit of generosity and giving are alive and well in Bergen County.
Heart To Heart
AWU Girl
Want to focus on just one person?  You can specify a child, teenager, adult, senior or a person who with disabilities.
AWU Family
Families range in size from two people to large, extended families. We will provide you with their specific gift requests.
Many individuals and families need assistance with food, and many parents would cherish the opportunity to purchase gifts for their children.  Gift cards will be distributed to remaining clients and cash contributions will be used to purchase gift cards.

To sign up and indicate your preference, please visit our All Wrapped Up Page.  For more information, call Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454 ext. 118.

*All families and individuals have been referred to All Wrapped Up by local non-profit and government agencies; needs and requests have been carefully screened.
Volunteer Center of Bergen County

This is the donation page to adopt an individual or family for the holidays.

All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program
Information for Donors

Dear Friends:

The holiday season can be a joyous time for many people. However, for those living with illness, poverty or other hardships the holidays can be difficult.

How can you help? You can provide holiday cheer to
those in need through the 2013 All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program, including:

Adopt-a-Family: Families range in size from two people to large, extended families. If you adopt a family, we suggest that you purchase a supermarket gift certificate, an article of clothing for each member of the family and a toy or toys for the children. You should plan to spend approximately $50 per family member (but please note that this is only a guideline to help you plan - many donors spend far more and some do not spend as much.)

Heart to Heart: If your budget is small or you would like to concentrate your efforts on just one person, you have the option of "adopting" an individual through our Heart-to-Heart program. You may specify a child, adult, senior citizen or disabled individual. Requests for these individuals include food, clothing and gifts. Plan to spend approximately $50 for each individual that you "adopt."

Gift Card Donations: Many of the AWU recipients need assistance with food as well as gifts. We also do not always match all of the clients with a donor.  Individuals or families left at the end of the program will receive a gift card for the holidays.  Shoprite, Target, and Pathmark gift cards are needed.

Cash Contribution: Many individuals and families need assistance with food and utility bills, and many parents would cherish the opportunity to purchase gifts for their children themselves. Your cash contribution will be used to purchase gift certificates or pay utility bills.

All families and individuals in the program have been referred to us by local non-profit and government agencies that have carefully screened them and confirmed the accuracy of their needs and requests.

If you wish to help either adopt a family or individual fill out our online form:

Individuals click here
Groups or Companies click here

Once you have finished entering all of the information, click the "Submit Form" button on the bottom of the form. If you prefer, you can also print out the form and submit by fax or mail (see address and fax below). PLEASE SUBMIT INFORMATION BY ONE METHOD ONLY TO AVOID DUPLICATION.

Upon receipt of your form, we will contact you* by email with names and age of the individual or family members; a brief description of their circumstances; a wish list and/or gift ideas; and the name, address, phone and contact name at the referring agency. Upon receipt of the information, you should IMMEDIATELY contact the person at the referring agency to ask questions about the gift requests and to make arrangements to deliver the gifts to the agency.

NEW in 2013
Gifts may be placed in a gift bag with a card and the family name on it.  Please do not put your address or other personal information on anything given to your match.  Agency reps will have your information for Thank You letters.

If you have questions about the All Wrapped Up program, please don't hesitate to contact me at 201-489-9454 x118 or

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Debbie Emery, Director
Community Volunteer Services

*Our goal is to respond to donors within 72 hours of receiving their sign-up form. If you have not received an email from us after one week, please call the office to confirm that we have received your form.

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