Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We collect just about anything that is usable. If you would use it chances are if its in good shape and is no longer needed, someone else could use it also. We are always in search of donations of:
1) Clothing for all ages (Men, Woman, Children and Babies) in every size and season that exists.
2) Household items for those that have little or none and would never be able to buy them on their own.
3) Money to continue to be able to help others, including buying gas so we can deliver these donated items.
4) Blankets to keep those with little heat, money or even no home, warm.
5) New and Used Toys to brighten the face of a child that often has little to smile about.
6) Personal hygiene items for those that can not afford to go buy their own.
7) Shoes that are in GOOD shape for those that need new ones.
8) Suitcases with wheels for those that live in in temporary homes so we can help them fill them before they move to the next place~~Also for people with no place to live so they are able to transport the few items they do manage to get.
9) All baby items so that babies that would have nothing without help can have what they need. All furniture type baby items are checked for recalls prior to being distributed. If an item as been recalled it is discarded.
10) Furniture in good shape for people that have little or sometimes none at all.
11) Food so the hungry are fed.
12) Coats, Gloves, Hats and Scarfs to help keep those that go out in, and also those that live outside in the cold, warm.
13) Movies, Games and Puzzles with all of the pieces for safe houses and temporary houses, along with those we are lucky enough to be able to supply with a way to view them.
14) Pet food so that the people that can not afford to feed the pets they love do not have to even think about surrendering them to a shelter knowing the likely outcome.
Truth is, we collect everything one could need or would like to have ranging from clocks to socks and organize it all into "who needs what" boxes. We then deliver it to those in need for free. Of course we only succeed with the help of others so please help us make the world a little brighter for others. If you can help, we are happy to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your generosity.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
First and Foremost, we need to thank the muscle behind the movement ...the men that are often called on to move an unexpected heavy item; to make room in their homes or their work place for just one more thing. The same individuals that can no longer walk in the dark in their home without fear of falling over that one box that needs to be delivered or the bag that just got dropped off. The men that find themselves not really sure how they got involved in this whirlwind of pick ups and drop offs but do it just the same and usually manage to muster up something other than a frown while they help out. Thank you Jack, Vince, Thomas and Tim for all of the effort and help.
Our heartfelt thanks to: We need to thank Carol from Franklinville for numerous donations of both new and practically new items that have helped many families; the Wade family for sharing Christmas with many that would never have had a single gift without their act of kindness. The Wade's and Kelly Miller understand the true meaning of Christmas lives in the spirit of giving Christmas to another who would not have had a reason to celebrate without their assistance . For this we thank them all. We also need to thank everyone that has donated to us , spread our word and worked to make not just Christmas but EVERYDAY a little easier for another.
Thanks to us : Thank you to Father John Bellezza , Pat Rodriguez , Susan , REYS OF HOPE
Thank you to Father John Bellezza , Pat Rodriguez , Susan , Ruth and Peaches from REYS OF HOPE. Thank you for all the clothes and other things and everything they help with. James
Thank you soo much...
Thank you to Father John Bellezza , Pat Rodriguez , Susan , Ruth and Peaches from REYS OF HOPE. For all your help in giving my children a hope for a Christmas this year. Jen
Thanks Pat Rodriguez
Thank you so much for all the clothes, you really helped my friend in need. She was so happy she didn't have to worry about winter coming around the corner. Thank you so very much! God bless! Laura
Thanks to you and the Reys of Hope, my children and I had a wonderful Christmas; not only did we have presents to open, a beautifully decorated tree, but we got to finish the day with a hearty meal and we only have all of you to thank. I explained to the kids that there wouldn't be that many presents to open this year but if you could only have seen their faces in the morning when they saw all the presents under the tree. Your organization really fulfilled my dream this year when I am truly going through allot of financial difficulties and a hard separation. I just have been put on disability due to mental stress and I have to spend all my time and effort trying to save my house and focusing on me and my children's mental states through counseling services and prayer. So thanks so much for all you have done for us and thanks for keeping our faith and letting us know that there are still people out there that truly care. I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Lots of love and thanks so much to you.
Thanks so much for your help through the Holiday. My kids loved the toys. The clothing was very nice and warm for the children. My family was really thankful for everything. Thanks for taking the time and effort to make our Christmas come true. Times are really tough right now and the food alone cost so much that there would be very little under the tree but with your help we did it. The car seat was awesome. Thanks for dropping that off for me so quickly. And my baby boy loves the exer-saucer. He plays in there forever I have to take him out to roll around on the floor.
You are a great person and God will bless you for your thoughtfulness and giving. I hope your Christmas was great! I hope we can still keep in touch. I enjoyed talking to you. Have a safe New Year! Thanks again, The Nelson Family
My children had a Wonderful Christmas this year and it was all because of Reys of Hope. They would have had nothing from Santa this year. I do not know how to thank you. But I hope that you will except mine and my husband’s many thanks for helping us. We appreciate everything that has been done for us. Thank You and God Bless All. Dana and family
Monday, December 29, 2008
These pictures were taken just before Pat and Fr. John arrived to pick up some of the Christmas gear we were putting together.
That's our mascot and quality control officer, Shelby. She's mostly around for the treats.
The next two pictures are me and Ruth showing off our handiwork for the kids.
As soon as I get the digital picture of Fr. John and Pat at Siemens Co. it will be posted here. They made a wonderful Christmas for one of our families and we can't thank them enough for their generosity.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
"This year my family and I would not have seen any thing underneath the Christmas tree if it weren't for the Reys of Hope. They gave me clothes for my children, food for , and toys for my children to open Christmas morning as well as loads of and curtains and sheets which i really needed by the way and I would like to say thank you to all those who have helped as I said before there would have been no Christmas if it weren't for you. God bless all of you and I hope you all have a blessed New Year."
"Thank you soo much for all the great things you gave me for the children for Christmas. My son as well as Nicky and Cameron really enjoyed opening everything. "
Saturday, December 27, 2008
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DON'T WANT WHAT WE HAVE GIVEN YOU OR IF IT DOESN'T SUIT YOU, WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT BEING RETURNED TO US AND WILL GLADLY PICK IT UP. That way we can continue the circle of giving.
Thank you for understanding. We are a small, small organization and most of our expenses, including the cost of our gas and truck are borne by us. Many of the new items we provide are purchased by our volunteers and family and friends who want to be a part of this process.
Enough of this. The next post will include the "thank yous" from those families whom we were able to truly help. That's what makes this all worthwhile!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Yesterday Ruth and I went to Fr. John's to drop off more donations. Pat and Fr.'s daughter were busy wrapping a multitude of gifts for the families we help. In addition to toys and clothes, each child will receive 7 books - one for each day of the week (that Peaches thinks of everything!). Ruth and I left to deliver a turkey Pat continued to wrap, Fr. John and his daughter went out to buy some additional items for the kids.
We also had another bittersweet triumph yesterday. We were able to purchase an absolutely, touchingly, beautiful grave marker for a baby girl whose family had been unable to afford one. They picked it up yesterday after we left - Pat said it was a very emotional moment.
Today the dropoffs begin. The weather hasn't been in our favor , just this morning when my husband and I took the mascot out - our driveway was like a skating rink - covered with black ice. Our vehicles are encrusted - very sparkly and icy and oh, so slippery. We'd be better off with a sleigh!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
State of New Jersey Department of Human Services
These links will take you directly to the organizations listed below.
Burlington County Dept. of Military and Veterans Services
Department of Veteran Affairs
State of New Jersey
Contact Crisis hot-line
Burlington County Community Action Program
We are a Federal and State recognized NON-PROFIT CHARITY. If you are able to make a donation, please make your check payable to Holy Angels Children's Society and reference Reys of Hope on it so we can account for it properly. Please mail your check to HOLY ANGELS CHILDRENS SOCIETY, P.O. Box 2142, Southampton, NJ 08088. We will promptly send you a tax deductible receipt.
Of course, any donations of household items, baby items, gently used clothing, coats, blankets, etc. are greatly appreciated and put to immediate use. Please email email@example.com to schedule a pick up. Thank you for your continued support and consideration.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Here are some profiles of those that were helped in the last 2 and half months...as of 11/25/08
Adult female in need of clothing will receive this week Lady Size 1 / XL clothing
Burlington County couple this is a hard working couple that are having difficulty keeping up with their bills and the needs of their ever growing children. Gave clothing to both the adults since her clothing no longer fit properly and her husband always put himself last which limited the clothing he had. They in return donated some items that no longer fit. Also supplied theri 4 children with the following items: One son clothing size 7 and a few toys , another son size 3 clothing and a small play table with 2 chairs, baby son size 6-12 month clothes , Daughter clothing size 6 and a Dora bed frame for the crib mattress she sleeps. They also each received a blanket. THEY ALSO RECEIVED A BOX OF CHRISTMAS GITS TO HELP WITH THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Burlington County Single mom some clothes size 7 for her son clothes size 4 and toddler size blankets. A toddler car seat will be dropped to her this week. Nephew she cares for size 6-12 months, saucer, crib blankets plus THEY ALSO RECEIVED A BOX OF CHRISTMAS GITS TO HELP WITH THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Burlington County couple hanging on with difficulty in need of clothes
They will receive within the next 2 days.
Burlington County newly singled Mrs who is raising seven kids. They will receive before Saturday
For her coat size L and clothes 14/xl , her Toddler daughter size 3 clothing including a snowsuit.
Boys in house clothing size 12, 14 and older boy Mens Xl and 36 x32, Two older preteen girls one womans size 3/4 and medium. The other one is in womans 5/6 . They still need more then we have available and those items will be dropped as we get them. THEY ALSO RECEIVED A BOX OF CHRISTMAS GITS TO HELP WITH THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Burlington County Baby Emily some clothes, boppy, car seat, walker
Salem County woman with disabled son scheduled to receive this Saturday-
Unfortunately have no clothes that fit her at this time 3x/28 though did get a coat for her. Daughter size 7 clothes. Son pre teen clothing size mens Ltop, m or size 28 X34 bottom. Son clothing size 8. Niece clothing size 3/ 4 med. Niece clothing size 5/6 large. Twin baby girl and boy clothing size 6-12 m one of each of the following car seat, hi-chair, saucer, swing. THEY ALSO RECEIVED A BOX OF LIMITED AMOUNTS OF CHRISTMAS GITS TO HELP WITH THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We help battered women, young pregnant mothers, foster moms and their kids. We also help families and Dads raising their children - the homeless - . We've provided cribs, strollers, bouncers, nursery supplies as well as beds, dressers, clothes, kitchen items and much more to those who need them. We are always collecting blankets which we donate to the homeless on the street. At Christmas, we hand out gifts for children - all purchased by one of volunteers. We will be posting some of our success stories in the near future.
This section was written by Peaches - the woman who spearheaded this project and for several years did this work alone - until it snowballed and she recruited her sister, Pat who recruited me, who recruited Ruth and who met Father John who helped us legitimize our work and create this small but powerful organization.
As the person who one day asked my sister Pat for assistance in finding items for one baby in need, I am so very proud of each and every one of the people that have come together to form this much needed organization. We have been able to help many more people then even our dedicated volunteers may realize. For example, I am not the only person delivering these gathered items on to the people that need them. Yet I alone have dropped off clothes (usually a weeks worth per person) including coats and shoes to more the 50 people in slightly more then two months time. I have also hand delivered housewares and blankets to those that had none. In just the last month, Christmas gifts have been supplied for every member in six different families. There have also been other items given as needed: such as a car seat to bring a baby home from the hospital, and a bed so a little girl no longer had to sleep on the floor; warm clothes to keep a homeless man warm as the winter weather set in and coats, hats and gloves to others that had to wait for the bus to get to work or to an education. These are just some of many examples but the truth is the same---If not for the donations that others have given us and the hard work of everyone that has made this organization a success, this never would have been possible. Everyone (Pat, Ruth, Susan, Fr. John) take time to think about the fact that many people will not be cold today and each of you are the reason why. The individuals we have helped also have found comfort in knowing that when they asked for help they received some....who could ask for more then feeling that your needs mattered to another. Again thank you all and keep those donations coming as the need is as strong as ever.
We are also trying to gather toys and other items to help make a Christmas Holiday for children that may otherwise have none. Please contact us if you wish or can donate an item for a child's Christmas. We can be reached via email - our address is firstname.lastname@example.org, our mailing address is Holy Angels Children's Society, PO Box 2142, Southampton, NJ 08088.
State of New Jersey Department of Human Services
The county Social Service agencies provide lots of information and links to other sites that provide services - Nutrition Program, HealthCare and more. Burlington County alone had over one dozen links and then sub-links.
If what you are looking for is not to be found in the county links - we may be able to offer some help. We are in the process of collecting as much of the other important contact info - for Burlington, Camden, Ocean and Mercer Counties, ie St.Vincent De Paul, Catholic Charities and more. This list is comprehensive. I need to find a way to get the information up here quickly and efficiently - and am working on it now.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Reys of Hope Project began as a grass roots movement between two sisters. It all started about three years ago when one sister started to seriously make time to help the people in places many others were not willing to go. Blankets were handed out to the homeless, Christmas gifts were bought (at the sister's expense), wrapped and labeled for boys/girls and age appropriateness and distributed in Trenton during the holiday season. Word began to spread and more and more requests for help began pouring in. That's when she recruited her older sister to help in the effort. Pat began putting up handwritten notices requesting donations for the particular family's situation as identified by her sister. She connected with many kind and caring people and the collection and distribution process snowballed. One of those people is Father John Bellezza, an Orthodox Priest who runs a ministry named Holy Angels Children's Society. Holy Angels ministers in Pennsylvania, Haiti and now in New Jersey.
The Reys of Hope Project is now under the auspices of Holy Angels which is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity in the State of New Jersey.