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Friday, January 23, 2015

IT STARTED WITH A CHILD'S BOOK

Jennie was 3 yrs old.Her mom and grandma waited on her hand and foot.When she pointed to something or made grunting type noises they knew just what she wanted. Jennie did not talk. Occasionally the only words she spoke was ma and no. A young neighbor who lived next door to this family offered to babysit for Jennie free. So the mom and grandma could go to church on Sundays. The 16 yr olds name was Shelly. Shelly emailed us and asked if we had any children's books. We happened to receive a lot of books that year from Melodi in Jackson. We packed up a box of the books. And we delivered them. When Shelly babysat she would read to Jennie. Two favorite books  that Jennie liked was an alphabet book and an Elmo book. Jennie was encouraged to point to the pictures and repeat the words. Shelly also made her say cookie when she grunted and pointed to the cabinet. It took several months but Jennie learned to talk. In fact Shelly said she started talking so much you couldn't shut her up. Never underestimate the power of a child's book. It definitely can help in learning social skills .It opened a whole new world for Jennie. Perhaps by the adults in the house always grabbing whatever Jennie wanted she had no need to talk. Either way this 16 yr old babysitter helped Jennie to find her voice. And this is also another  reason we always add a few books in drop offs where children are involved. There just might be another Jennie.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One solution for the HOMELESS

TINY HOUSES OR MORE SHELTERS FOR HUMANS.


LETS ASK OUR GOVERNOR,MAYORS,FREEHOLDERS ,LAW MAKERS TO HELP GET SOME OF THE HOMELESS OFF THE STREETS.TYPE IN THE ABOVE AND SEE WHAT WOULD BE ONE SOLUTION TO OUR EVER GROWING HOMELESS PROBLEM.WRIGHT TO THOSE IN OFFICE TODAY.LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD.SHOW THAT THE HOMELESS ARE NOT THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

FATHER JOHN AND I WILL NOT BE  COLLECTING ANYTHING UNTIL APRIL 2015-JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER.THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST BREAK IN  8 YRS,AND BELIEVE ME WE NEED IT.
HOWEVER,PEACHESS IS STILL COLLECTING ITEMS.UNLIKE US SHE THINKS SHE DOESN'T NEED A BREAK!

A SAD PICK UP

The elderly man had just lost his wife to Cancer.He wanted to donate her items and had his daughter email us.When we arrived it was obvious the man was depressed as he held onto his wifes picture in a frame.Fr John talked with the man as his daughter and I loaded up the car.She mentioned she wanted him to move in with her but he wanted to stay in the house him and his wife spent so many years in.
...We learned shortly after the man had died also(no doubt from a broken heart).These type of pick ups are sad for us.We get to see first hand many times some ones life ,their pictures,their nick nacs their clothes and their memories.Often we are handed boxes of items that when we sort through them there might be a card or a picture or an item someone took a lot of time and effort to make.Like a handmade blanket that you know took hours to make.Maybe even days.A card signed with love,a picture of them at happier times.Nic nacks that are all similar which you realize it was probably her collection(like all chickens).All these material things that once represented a persons life.GONE! But the memories for those left behind will never be replaced.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This Cub Scouts Pack donated many gloves and hats


AND WHEN I SENT THEM A THANK YOU BY EMAIL THIS WAS THEIR RESPONSE:(NOW IS THAT AWESOME OR WHAT)

Our group that donated the winter items is:
"Jackson Cub Scout Pack 204"

I am the chair of our Cub Scout pack and will be happy to do other drives for needed items. If you are in need of anything in particular, we can do another drive this Spring. Let me know.

Many thanks,
Michelle Kohute

Thursday, January 15, 2015

THE WALKER GIVE AWAY

THE WALKER GIVE AWAY NOT ONCE BUT TWICE
We keep a walker in the car for the days Fr John thinks the cane just isn't enough to help him walk when we go out.So the first give away was when I went to the Joeys Pizza to pick up our order and I saw an elderly man trying to maneuver through the parking lot holding onto peoples cars.I asked him do you need any help?He replied"if you could get me a cart from the SAVE ALOT STORE I would be obliged.Then I would have something to hold onto"I told him I could do better than that.I just happen to have a walker in my car.I have been looking for someone to give it to.I gave the man the walker and his eyes lit up.And he maneuvered himself to the shopping cart area without any assistance.Threw the walker in the basket of the cart and was on his way into the store.After I picked up the order I went home.And told Fr John the events that led up to his walker being given away.Fr John was surprised but pleased I gave it to the man.However,what was he going to do if he needed one.?When Fr John mentioned to Debbie our volunteer about how I gave his walker away she laughed.And said"I have one at home you could have.
So Debbie gave us the walker she had.And several months went by.And Fr John used it often in the store.Then one day we were in a Chinese restaurant in Hammonton .And we noticed an elderly couple trying to hold onto each other from their car to the entrance of the restauraunt.The man was hunched over and the woman shuffled slowly along with her arm under his.Truthfully they both looked like they needed a walker.But we only had 1.By the time we finished our meal the couple made it in the door.Fr John directed me to ask them if they needed a walker.The elderly man said"my wife might need one but,I do just fine at walking and have no need for it(men are so stubborn).
So the 2nd walker give away happened in Hammonton.Fr John asked me to go to the car and get his cane.And again when Debbie heard about it she found another walker for Fr.John.Only this timeDebbie said"I am not sure if I can be able to find anymore ,and we laughed.THIS IS WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS DO THEY GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP.AND WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE THEM