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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Our Heartfelt Thanks

We need to thank the many individuals, along with a few organizations and companies, for their help this holiday season.  Without this help we would never have been able to make the holidays brighter for the dozens of families to whom we offered help and hope this Christmas.   Most of these families would not have had a single item for the holidays if not for these donations.   As we delivered these items to the various families,  we heard time and again about the fact that they had felt hopeless about the holidays until we arrived bearing gifts and reminded them that they are important, more important then their set of difficult circumstances.  They talked about how their sadness and concern about the upcoming holiday had been replaced with hope and happiness.  How they were delighted when they realized they would now have something under the tree, which was also donated in some  cases.  One can't ask for much more then believing in miracles on such an important holiday.  We can never thank each of you enough for reaching out to others in need and giving them a wonderful day they never thought would be possible this year.  Thank each of you again for helping us to keep the circle of giving spinning…. and spinning.   Always remember, together we are touching lives in a positive way everyday.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Charles "Tim" Hopple 12/14/1946 - 12/14/2009

This post is dedicated to the memory of Tim Hopple - who departed this world on Monday, December 14,2009.  He was a VietNam Veteran with two tours under his belt and a credit to our organization.  He worked tirelessly for Reys of Hope.  He repaired furniture donated to us, he "hunted and gathered" for us.  He wrapped Christmas presents and managed the storage at Pat's house.  He was a substitute "Grandpa" for the little girl next door and one of the "muscle behind the movement" guys from Peaches post of last year.  Godspeed, Tim.  We hope you find the peace you deserve.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Just A Quick Note to Our Generous Donors

Just wanted to let everyone know that because of the countdown to Christmas and serving the needs of our families, I am going to hold off on posting our Thank Yous until right after December 25th.  I feel it is more important right now to address the needs of these people who so desperately need our help.  And each time I add a new posting it pushes down the one below it - making it harder to find the Christmas Lists. 

Thank you for understanding.  Know that your generosity is truly appreciated and we wouldn't be able to do this work without each and everyone of you. 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the best for the coming year!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Rest of Our Christmas Families from Pat/Fr. John

This is the other half of our families list - from Pat and Fr. John.  THankfully the first 10 families have been removed from the list because they have been taken care of by many of you guys.  One note though-please contact Pat & Fr. John at holyangels@live.com if you want to help any of these folks.  If you would like to help the Burlington area families - please contact Peaches at pncchy@yahoo.com.  Thank you for a ny offers of help.


 Families 1 thru 10 have been taken - God Bless!!  Here are the other families we are helping.

11 -Male age 3 size 4t  pants 5t ,  female age 24 mos size 5, female medium in tops age 19 yrs and medium in sweats,

12-Male age 16  size 12/14 shirts  needs socks and underwear   pants 32x32
female age 15  size pants 24  shirts 24/26 6foot tall
male age 14  size shirts large,needs socks and tee shirts,pants size  medium in sweats
male age 11 size 18 boy pants,oy size 18 shirts or mens medium
male-age 10 size shirts 10/12,pants size 12 boys needs underwear and socks  and likes games or anything to do with cars

13-Boy age 6 size 8/10
   girl age 4  size 5-6
   girl age 1  size 18 mos
   girl 3 mos.old  size 3-6mos
Diapers sizes 3-4 and size 2 are also needed

14-Mom struggling ex gives child support when he wants, has not seen any money in 3 mos.
5yr old girl size 6 needs socks and wants a baby doll
     10 yr old boy  size 12/14 needs underwear  likes board games.

15-Single mom with 5 children (just got layed off)
17 yr old girl size 7/women likes makeup and perfume
14 yr old boy size small men or 12/14 in boys
9 yr old boy  size 10/12 needs under shirts
5 yr old girl size 5/6  wants a doll with blonde hair and coloring books  needs socks and gloves
2 yr old girl  size 3/4t  toys,clothes needed

16-Family barely making ends meet (both out of work-one on unemployment
boy 18 yrs old likes car magizines, size medium shirts,  size 18 boys in pants
girl 16 yrs old likes pretty things,jewelry,make up and nancy drew books

17-Darlene-mom - family of 4
15 yr old boy-3 x clothes
14 yr old girl-3 x clothes
both of these children are 6 ft tall and some inches
6 yr old boy-7/8 clothes
3 yr old girl-4/5 clothes

18-Grandma with 8 kids has been taken care of pretty much.

19-Family of 6 up and moved from Bayville section 8 motel no return address.

20-Ami-single mom, use to work in bar, owner propositioned her and kept making her feel uncomfortable.She quit. Now working pt in marketing with no benefits.  Father of kids sends money when he wants. She has not seen any in past 2 months and he no longer resides where he was. She wants the kids to have a xmas even if the items are used.
total-3
boy age 13-size 14  needs underwear
boy 2 yr old-size 4 clothes
girl 15 yr old-size 16/18

20-Shelly-An Aunt raising sisters kids with her own
total 5
boy  age 10-size 10 husky,medium mens shirts
boy  age 13-size 12/14  clothes(tall and thin
boy age 8-10/12 clothes
girl age 5-size 6(thin
her daughter age 5-size 8/10 little chubby

21-Cindy and Husband both layed off waiting for unemployment
2 CHILDREN
2 yr old boy-size 2t/24 mos
5 yr old boy-size 6

We split the list up because so many are in need and having problems. Majority are welfare families with no male figure around.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Info About Donations

Here is the response to what our deadline is - truth be told - Peaches will take donations up to the last moment - if I know her.  But here is the "official" response for Pat & Fr. John:

"Cut off date for us in Ocean county is Dec 19/09.  If a family is in desperate need after that we will most likely go through any extra wrapped gifts that might have  not been distributed yet. Meaning,  we try to give each child 4 items for Christmas.  In an emergency situation we will give 3 items and that extra to the desperate family or go buy items at our own expense.  Anyone that we have told we would help we will do everything in our power to help."

And to reply to Samantha about our "Please Read - Can You Help" posting - no - as far as I know we have not had an offer of help yet.  If you would like to help please contact Fr. John at holyangels@live.com

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Can You Help????? PLEASE READ!!

Hi my name is Tiffany. I live in Barnegat, NJ.  I  have a 3 yr old and am expecting another baby in May.  I believe it's a girl but I will know for sure tomorrow.  I live with my Uncle and they have a 3yr old and 13 yr old.  The 3yr old is in a 5t-6t and my daughter is in a 1t-3t.  Their son is in a large in boys and large pants.  We have contacted every church and organization for help and have been turned down.  Some were very nasty as they were overwhelmed.  I've been turned down by everyone.  Your organization is my last hope, if you turn me down my Uncle's kids and my kids will have no Xmas.  Please help us,  thanks .

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Peaches Top 20 Families in Need at Christmas

Time is running out and we need to re-post this list - if you can help - please email Peaches at pncchy@yahoo.com.
Thank you for reading - this is a long posting:

Here are just 20 of our families that could use a helping hand at Christmas. ALL of these families are struggling with affording basic needs...food, clothes and heat.  Christmas is a holiday out of reach for all of them. Anything you could do to help make even one of their holidays brighter would be appreciated beyond words. If you would like to donate a Christmas gift(s) specifically to one of our families, please provide us with the family's number (1 - 20)  and which member and we will be sure to make that happen within days of receiving them from you ....thank you from all of us at Reys of Hope.
NOTE:  We believe children should have dolls of their own skin color which is the ONLY reason we are posting the race/skin color of our families. 

Sadly, there are many more such families - if you can help us in any way - with financial donations or toys/gifts - PLEASE contact us.
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Family #1 Black Dolls
Mom escaped in March with her children after 7 years of physical abuse, him hunting her down and bringing her back, guns, etc. Her children have not had Christmas in years. She also discovered she was pregnant (he raped her) and gave birth to a baby boy last month. She hears thru her network that he continues to search for her but for today and hopefully forever, he will not find her.

She wears woman's  size 11/12 bottoms , M or L tops size 8 shoe
Her son age 16 wears size adult 32 or 34 bottoms , M tops size 10 1/2 shoe likes art
Her one daughter  age 15 size adult 3/4 bottoms , S tops size 8 shoe likes to read
Her other daughter age 13 size adult 5/6 or 7/8 bottoms , M tops size 8 shoe likes to make clothing
Next daughter age 11 size kids 12 or 14 bottoms , M or L tops size 4 kid shoe likes games and dolls
Youngest daughter  age 7 size kids 6 or 7 bottoms , S or M tops size 12 kid shoe likes dolls and any other toys.
Baby son age 1mo. size baby 6/9mo.   They are still in need of household things like pots and pans
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FAMILY  #2 Bi-racial Black/White Dolls
Just moved from a safe house where they lived for more then a year to their own place :)  Young mom of 2 little girls.

Mom wears XL/12-14_ size (top), XL/Long/20-22_ size (bottom),shoes size 9-9 1/2_ shoe size
Little girl age 4 1/2   M/6-7 size (top and bottom) shoe size 12 now...sure 13 in less then 6 months. She likes  coloring (crayons/coloring books), puzzles, Bratz, Barbies, Disney Princess', Legos
Baby girl 10 months old in NOv 09 wears  9-12mos_ size (top /bottom) shoe size 3
LIKES OR HOBBIES- anything age appropriate for 12mos/1yr old babies.
PET IN HOUSE..1 cat, HUGE 23lbs, Female,needs collar, and cat food (she eats Purina Indoor dry cat food). housewares needed..
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FAMILY #3 Caucasian Dolls
Young STRUGGLING couple of a little girl..
age 20  wears a size S or XS shirt pants size 3 shoes 7
8 month old baby girl anything above 9 m ( 12 m+best bet)
The Dad wants only for his family.
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FAMILY  #4
Pregnant Mom, sex of child unknown at this time; due in March after being told could have no more. Dad just lost his job about a month ago due to lack of work..Household consists of 3 young boys.

Adult :25/F  lrg-xl shirts..pants she has no idea as her belly is growing..
Adult:26/Male shirts XL..pants 38x34
Child: 6/Male  6/7 shirts..7 pants...shoes 2...likes superheros...puzzles (those wooden ones)....arts and crafts...dragons
Child:3/Male   4t shirts...4t pants ( need bad)....shoes 13....likes dragons and dinosaurs...animals...books...music
Child:2/Male    2/M 2-3T shirts...2-3T pants...shoes...81/2-9...likes elmo...dancing/music....anything that makes noise lol...cars and balls..loves to color/paint
Animals: 2 cats...medium sized..
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FAMILY #5 Caucasian Dolls
Young mother of 4 died in tragic car crash several months back after asking if her baby was ok. Baby who was buckled in her car seat survived the accident. Dad is raising them while trying to work fulltime and pay for the bills, their care and everything else.

Dad only cares that the kids have something on Christmas morning:
boy 6 - size 8-10
girl 4 - size 5-6
girl 14 mos -size 24; diapers sz 3-4
girl 4 months - sz 6-9 months, diaper sz 2
Diapers, formula and clothes are needed.  The infant is on stage 2 baby food and Similac formula.
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FAMILY #6 Hispanic/Latina Dolls
Mom with serious heart condition raising 2 little girls alone.

Daughter is 8 wears a teen 16-16.5 bottom...14/16 top shoe size girl 4.5
Baby girl 9-12 months winter
Mom 18 pants and xl shirts shoe size 10
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FAMILY #7 - Caucasian Dolls
Single mom of three little girls  BARELY  making it. She wears pants 7/8 medium shirts shoe size 7w .
Child Female age 2 1/2 size 3t  shoe size 9 1/2 regular or 9w.  She likes trains and dolls
Child Female age 8 size 7/8 medium clothes shoe size .2 1/2 regular or 2w She likes arts and crafts, reading, playing house and school
Child Female age 10 size 12 1/2 plus pants or xl and 16 1/2 tops or xxl clothes, shoe size 6 1/2 regular or 6 wide
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FAMILY #8 Black Dolls
Mom of two girls, one boy. She wears a 30-32 woman and is in need of clothes for herself.

Baby girl  wears 9-12m, shoe size 2
Girl age 6  wears size 7, shoe size 13
Boy wears size 12,  shoe size mens  5
Toys:  baby safe for 9m and above; little girl likes dress up and coloring.
Boy likes basketball and football the most.

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FAMILY #9
Single mom of a little boy could use a helping hand

She wears L top , size 9 pants.
Her son likes typical 4 year old boy toys and learning toy. He is smart.

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FAMILY #10
Couple,  Mrs recently diagnosed with Luekemia, Mr expected to be laid off in a month
Girl- Age 17 needs size 5/7 pants, M-L Tops, shoe size 7-8
Girl- Age 13 needs size 0/1 pants, Sm Tops, shoe size 8
Mom- 14 size Pants and xl top, shoe size 9
Dad- 42x32 Jeans and 2xl tops, shoe size 13
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FAMILY #11
Couple with no young children.  Mrs is paralyzed from waist down. Mr is her primary care giver. They used to enjoy going out to places like Cracker Barrell or a movie,  but are losing everything, including their home due to the expense burden of her health issues. They are charitable despite their troubles  and try to help others less fortunate than themelves.  There is only a small part of their home that is handicap accessible.  She  wears xl/xl tops and 20/22 bottoms. He wears 38 x 30 pants and XL tops. Mostly, they need a gift that allows them get out a little.

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FAMILY #12 Black Dolls
Mom of 2 having difficulty making ends meet.
She wears a size 10, Med. shirts

Little boy wears 3-4 enjoys anything age 3 and up. He loves to play
Baby girl wears 12-18m

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FAMILY #13
Couple that had been homeless now have a place to call home.   Dad works hard but barely makes ends meet.  Mom cannot work.  Have one Teen daughter and a 6 year old boy who wears size 7

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FAMILY #14 Caucasian
Couple:  VERY VERY difficult year,  have 4 children. Being forced to move on Jan 1/10.

Boy age 6 wears 7/8,
daughter 5 wears 8-10
2 little boys size 4 and size 2.
More then anything they would appreciate toys for their children to open on Christmas as all of their money is being used for a security depost on a place to live.  Their daughter is NOT fond of barbie type dolls- prefers baby dolls.

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FAMILY #15 Caucasian Dolls
Couple with 2 children forced to move in with grandparents of children due to eviction.

Boy - 7 years old, size 8
Girl - 5 years old, size 7
Their daughter likes baby dolls but not barbie type dolls

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FAMILY #16 Bi-racial Black/White Dolls
Mom raising baby girl alone.
She wears 16/18 , xl plus
Baby wears a size 6-9m could use 9m and above.

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FAMILY #17
Couple: Mrs, recently diagnosed with Lupus. They are having serious financial problems to the point of having little food to eat.

Baby Boy almost one year old,  wears 12-18m

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FAMIY #18 Bi-Racial Black/White Dolls
Couple: they have a little girl and very little money. She lost her job and he is about to..
Girl 15 months old, wears 18m-2t . She LOVES bright colors and is one of our featured Angels who loves to play outside. 

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FAMILY #19
Single dad raising 3 little girls while working part time.
Currently, they do not need clothes as we just gave them quite a lot.
The children would like a toy or two. They are ages 4 , 7 and 11.  The  younger two love dolls Barbie, Dora, princesses.  The older girl loves arts and crafts, American Indians, doing her nails, hair beads . FOR DOLL REASONS ONLY THE YOUNGER TWO ARE WHITE THE OLDER CHILD IS A MIXED RACE BLACK/WHITE CHILD

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SITUATION #20
We also need bright, cheery toys such as legos, blocks, larger piece puzzles, coloring books, crayons, etc for 3 children with autism.  FOOD IS ALSO ALWAYS NEEDED !!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ONE AMAZING WOMAN!!!!


A HUGE THANK YOU TO LORRIE , HER FAMILY, Myspace and Facebook friends.  This generous woman  posted a request to all of her Myspace and Facebook friends requesting donations for our children - AND she was wildly successful!!  She also arranged a Girl Scout service project which we previously posted.  The grown men in her family wrapped all the gifts!  Thank you Lorrie, you are wonderful.  This next picture is Fr. John's SUV - loaded to the brim with all of the gifts Lorrie and her friends and family gathered/donated.   THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! 





Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thank You for all the PJ's!!

Lisa from Point Pleasant donated 20 new PJ's in sizes 18 mos to 5 yrs old. in hopes we could use them for Christmas.Which if course we can!!  We ALWAYS need them!  Thank You!!

Thank You To Girl Scout Troop 352

This is Girl Scout Troop 352 from Toms River Evergreen unit who collected and wrapped Chirstmas Gifts for our families.   We also want to thank Jerry's Auto Body who donated monetary support  to this project.

Jerry's Auto Body
459 Wright DeBow Rd.
Jackson NJ

Thank you all for your generosity!!  You guys did a GREAT job!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Please Read - Can You Help??

These economic times are so troubling to me.  There are so many families in need due to no fault of their own and the holiday season is especially hard for them.  We received this just yesterday - if you can help us help this family - in any way,  please contact us.  We plan to do whatever we can to help them. 


> To: holyangels@live.com
> Subject: Attn: Reys of Hope--In need of a Christmas miracle
>
> To Whom It May Concern:

> I am writing this email in concern for Christmas for my family. I have written and/or called many organizations requesting some help for Santa.  My husband and I have five children,3 girls ages 16, 13, and 6; and twin boys age 4.  Three of our children believe in Santa BUT unfortunately in order to keep at a least food in their belly and a roof over their heads, we need to struggle to pay the bills.  One of the local toy program groups were very rude and said that they cannot add my children to their list.  We have been refused by local churches and other charity groups, they all stated they were overwhelmed.   And I am sure that this is so however,I am giving up hope that any place can help out and give my children at least some kind of miracle.  We are not asking for much,  just something to place under the tree or stockings.  My husband is currently unemployed, has been for almost two years, and I just graduated college and can't get a job.  I work part-time at a cafeteria in town.  This is very depressing, our twin boys birthday is Dec. 4th and again nothing, we do get foodstamps so I can get food for my family and at least birthday cakes or make one.  I saw your ad on craigslist asking for people to give to your cause.   I was wondering if you could help us or possibly know of anyone who could help.  We are not asking for anything fancy, we are not asking for gift cards or cash.  We are not trying to take advantage, we just need a little help just to make our children have alittle happiness on that day.  I hate that Christmas is so commercial as it places alot of pressure on families who cannot compete with other families who are well-off.  Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this.  I know that this is a busy time for your organization and the good that you do for single parents, women and children. God bless

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thank You For Donna!

This per Fr. John:  " Donna gave me a lot of knitted hats, gloves and jackets. Like new.  She always comes through for me.   God bless".

Thank you Donna!! 

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Note About Our Christmas Families

Just a note based on a request by Peaches - our Director of Operations - We have three groups serving South Jersey/Delaware Valley and beyond; Pat & Fr. John, Peaches and Krystal.  That means we will have three distinct lists of families from each of these general areas.  Since Peaches list was put up first - and I omitted it - I am now asking that anyone who has donations for the families on her list to contact her directly at pncchy@yahoo.comWhen I put up Pat and Fr. John's list - which will be in the next day or so - it will also include a link to their email address, same with Krystal.  This will enable us to better track what donations go to what families and allow us to direct your donation to the family you specify - if that is your wish.  

So far, I believe we have about 40 families - we'll have more when Krystal puts her needs in.  So if we can break it down by volunteer it will be much easier to manage.  Thank you for your continued support.  We hope your Thanksgiving was bountiful and filled with love and family!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thank You for the Beautiful Cribs!!

Nov 10/09:  FR John and Pat picked up 2 beautiful cribs from a family that lives on Middle Lane in Howell.  One is going to a family Krystal is helping.  The other is for an Ocean County mom.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.
 

More Thank Yous from Us!

Thank you to Pam from Manasquan for children's rocking chairs to be given to St Clair's Home for sick children.

We also want to thank Donna from New Hope, Pa.  for all the toys you donated for Christmas.

A HUGE Thank You to the Red Dragon Canoe Club!


They collected so much food that it filled up Fr. John's SUV!  How awesome is that?!?!?!  Thank you so very much - it has already been distributed to our families.

Fr. John Makes Hospital Calls


Fr. John DOES make hospital visits -

Our Newest Angels


Our 17 year old Mom sent us these pictures of her new little twins.  They are too cute, check out the head of hair on her baby girl!!  They are so sweet!  That little guy already has the nicest eyes. 

Thank You for the Rockers

Thank you to Joann from Bayville and Susan from Plumsted (that's me!!) for the rockers for St. Clair's.  They are badly needed to comfort the little ones in their care.  See the pics in the post below for Pat and Fr. John and the rockers.  They've collected several for pickup by St. Clair's on November 28th.  It's still not too late to donate one if you can.

Testing the Rockers for St. Clair's






Fr. John and Pat doing  a "Safety Check" on a couple of rockers for St. Clair's.....SMILE.  Fr. John looks very comfortable - I think maybe that rocker was made for him....hmmmmmm

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Thank You to Us!!

This per Fr. John: Here is a nice thank you we just recieved after giving them Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas gifts tonight.

Hi, I am Cliff and just amazed at what you gave my wife and kids for the holidays. I thank you very much for everything. GOD BLESS YOU!.  I will try to spread the word of your work.

Thank you again,

Cliff, Denise and family
God Bless




Saturday, November 21, 2009

Top 20 Christmas Families from Peaches

This is a long posting:

Here are just 20 of our families that could use a helping hand at Christmas. ALL of these families are struggling with affording basic needs...food, clothes and heat.  Christmas is a holiday out of reach for all of them. Anything you could do to help make even one of their holidays brighter would be appreciated beyond words. If you would like to donate a Christmas gift(s) specifically to one of our families, please provide us with the family's number (1 - 20)  and which member and we will be sure to make that happen within days of receiving them from you ....thank you from all of us at Reys of Hope.
NOTE:  We believe children should have dolls of their own skin color which is the ONLY reason we are posting the race/skin color of our families. 

Sadly, there are many more such families - if you can help us in any way - with financial donations or toys/gifts - PLEASE contact us.
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Family #1 Black Dolls
Mom escaped in March with her children after 7 years of physical abuse, him hunting her down and bringing her back, guns, etc. Her children have not had Christmas in years. She also discovered she was pregnant (he raped her) and gave birth to a baby boy last month. She hears thru her network that he continues to search for her but for today and hopefully forever, he will not find her.

She wears woman's  size 11/12 bottoms , M or L tops size 8 shoe
Her son age 16 wears size adult 32 or 34 bottoms , M tops size 10 1/2 shoe likes art
Her one daughter  age 15 size adult 3/4 bottoms , S tops size 8 shoe likes to read
Her other daughter age 13 size adult 5/6 or 7/8 bottoms , M tops size 8 shoe likes to make clothing
Next daughter age 11 size kids 12 or 14 bottoms , M or L tops size 4 kid shoe likes games and dolls
Youngest daughter  age 7 size kids 6 or 7 bottoms , S or M tops size 12 kid shoe likes dolls and any other toys.
Baby son age 1mo. size baby 6/9mo.   They are still in need of household things like pots and pans
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FAMILY  #2 Bi-racial Black/White Dolls
Just moved from a safe house where they lived for more then a year to their own place :)  Young mom of 2 little girls.

Mom wears XL/12-14_ size (top), XL/Long/20-22_ size (bottom),shoes size 9-9 1/2_ shoe size
Little girl age 4 1/2   M/6-7 size (top and bottom) shoe size 12 now...sure 13 in less then 6 months. She likes  coloring (crayons/coloring books), puzzles, Bratz, Barbies, Disney Princess', Legos
Baby girl 10 months old in NOv 09 wears  9-12mos_ size (top /bottom) shoe size 3
LIKES OR HOBBIES- anything age appropriate for 12mos/1yr old babies.
PET IN HOUSE..1 cat, HUGE 23lbs, Female,needs collar, and cat food (she eats Purina Indoor dry cat food). housewares needed..
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FAMILY #3 Caucasian Dolls
Young STRUGGLING couple of a little girl..
age 20  wears a size S or XS shirt pants size 3 shoes 7
8 month old baby girl anything above 9 m ( 12 m+best bet)
The Dad wants only for his family.
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FAMILY  #4
Pregnant Mom, sex of child unknown at this time; due in March after being told could have no more. Dad just lost his job about a month ago due to lack of work..Household consists of 3 young boys.

Adult :25/F  lrg-xl shirts..pants she has no idea as her belly is growing..
Adult:26/Male shirts XL..pants 38x34
Child: 6/Male  6/7 shirts..7 pants...shoes 2...likes superheros...puzzles (those wooden ones)....arts and crafts...dragons
Child:3/Male   4t shirts...4t pants ( need bad)....shoes 13....likes dragons and dinosaurs...animals...books...music
Child:2/Male    2/M 2-3T shirts...2-3T pants...shoes...81/2-9...likes elmo...dancing/music....anything that makes noise lol...cars and balls..loves to color/paint
Animals: 2 cats...medium sized..
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FAMILY #5 Caucasian Dolls
Young mother of 4 died in tragic car crash several months back after asking if her baby was ok. Baby who was buckled in her car seat survived the accident. Dad is raising them while trying to work fulltime and pay for the bills, their care and everything else.

Dad only cares that the kids have something on Christmas morning:
boy 6 - size 8-10
girl 4 - size 5-6
girl 14 mos -size 24; diapers sz 3-4
girl 4 months - sz 6-9 months, diaper sz 2
Diapers, formula and clothes are needed.  The infant is on stage 2 baby food and Similac formula.
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FAMILY #6 Hispanic/Latina Dolls
Mom with serious heart condition raising 2 little girls alone.

Daughter is 8 wears a teen 16-16.5 bottom...14/16 top shoe size girl 4.5
Baby girl 9-12 months winter
Mom 18 pants and xl shirts shoe size 10
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FAMILY #7 - Caucasian Dolls
Single mom of three little girls  BARELY  making it. She wears pants 7/8 medium shirts shoe size 7w .
Child Female age 2 1/2 size 3t  shoe size 9 1/2 regular or 9w.  She likes trains and dolls
Child Female age 8 size 7/8 medium clothes shoe size .2 1/2 regular or 2w She likes arts and crafts, reading, playing house and school
Child Female age 10 size 12 1/2 plus pants or xl and 16 1/2 tops or xxl clothes, shoe size 6 1/2 regular or 6 wide
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FAMILY #8 Black Dolls
Mom of two girls, one boy. She wears a 30-32 woman and is in need of clothes for herself.

Baby girl  wears 9-12m, shoe size 2
Girl age 6  wears size 7, shoe size 13
Boy wears size 12,  shoe size mens  5
Toys:  baby safe for 9m and above; little girl likes dress up and coloring.
Boy likes basketball and football the most.

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FAMILY #9
Single mom of a little boy could use a helping hand

She wears L top , size 9 pants.
Her son likes typical 4 year old boy toys and learning toy. He is smart.

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FAMILY #10
Couple,  Mrs recently diagnosed with Luekemia, Mr expected to be laid off in a month
Girl- Age 17 needs size 5/7 pants, M-L Tops, shoe size 7-8
Girl- Age 13 needs size 0/1 pants, Sm Tops, shoe size 8
Mom- 14 size Pants and xl top, shoe size 9
Dad- 42x32 Jeans and 2xl tops, shoe size 13
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FAMILY #11
Couple with no young children.  Mrs is paralyzed from waist down. Mr is her primary care giver. They used to enjoy going out to places like Cracker Barrell or a movie,  but are losing everything, including their home due to the expense burden of her health issues. They are charitable despite their troubles  and try to help others less fortunate than themelves.  There is only a small part of their home that is handicap accessible.  She  wears xl/xl tops and 20/22 bottoms. He wears 38 x 30 pants and XL tops. Mostly, they need a gift that allows them get out a little.

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FAMILY #12 Black Dolls
Mom of 2 having difficulty making ends meet.
She wears a size 10, Med. shirts

Little boy wears 3-4 enjoys anything age 3 and up. He loves to play
Baby girl wears 12-18m

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FAMILY #13
Couple that had been homeless now have a place to call home.   Dad works hard but barely makes ends meet.  Mom cannot work.  Have one Teen daughter and a 6 year old boy who wears size 7

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FAMILY #14 Caucasian
Couple:  VERY VERY difficult year,  have 4 children. Being forced to move on Jan 1/10.

Boy age 6 wears 7/8,
daughter 5 wears 8-10
2 little boys size 4 and size 2.
More then anything they would appreciate toys for their children to open on Christmas as all of their money is being used for a security depost on a place to live.  Their daughter is NOT fond of barbie type dolls- prefers baby dolls.

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FAMILY #15 Caucasian Dolls
Couple with 2 children forced to move in with grandparents of children due to eviction.

Boy - 7 years old, size 8
Girl - 5 years old, size 7
Their daughter likes baby dolls but not barbie type dolls

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FAMILY #16 Bi-racial Black/White Dolls
Mom raising baby girl alone.
She wears 16/18 , xl plus
Baby wears a size 6-9m could use 9m and above.

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FAMILY #17
Couple: Mrs, recently diagnosed with Lupus. They are having serious financial problems to the point of having little food to eat.

Baby Boy almost one year old,  wears 12-18m

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FAMIY #18 Bi-Racial Black/White Dolls
Couple: they have a little girl and very little money. She lost her job and he is about to..
Girl 15 months old, wears 18m-2t . She LOVES bright colors and is one of our featured Angels who loves to play outside. 

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FAMILY #19
Single dad raising 3 little girls while working part time.
Currently, they do not need clothes as we just gave them quite a lot.
The children would like a toy or two. They are ages 4 , 7 and 11.  The  younger two love dolls Barbie, Dora, princesses.  The older girl loves arts and crafts, American Indians, doing her nails, hair beads . FOR DOLL REASONS ONLY THE YOUNGER TWO ARE WHITE THE OLDER CHILD IS A MIXED RACE BLACK/WHITE CHILD

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SITUATION #20
We also need bright, cheery toys such as legos, blocks, larger piece puzzles, coloring books, crayons, etc for 3 children with autism.  FOOD IS ALSO ALWAYS NEEDED !!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thank You Siemens Company!!

Our sincere thanks to the Siemens Company of Trenton, NJ for their generous donation.  It is companies like yours that help us improve the lives of others in these difficult times.  Thank you for thinking of us!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thank You to La Cucina Di Manuela!!


     Fr. John and the owners of Benvenuti La-Cucina-Di-Manuela Italian Restaurant in Plumsted Township who donated a half a car load of toddler clothes.(Muchos Gracias)!!!!!
   

Thank You Medford Rotary


We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to the Medford Rotary Club for their generous donation to our organization.  We truly appreciate your support.  This will help us to be able to continue our work in the communities we serve.

We'd Like to Welcome Ashley's Twins into the World

Our young Mom recently gave birth to her twin babies.  Welcome to the world, little ones - they are:

John Alexander 6 lbs 9 ounces and Stefani 7 lbs 3 ounces - very nice size babies. 

If anyone would like to donate some diapers or formula, please contact us and we will happily deliver them to her.  Although right now I don't know what brand of formula she is using for them.  I will post as soon as I find out from Fr. John.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thank You to Womanspace

Nov 13/09 -We donated 1 tote full of infant and women's clothes and 1 breast pump to  the Organization Womanspace.  They in return donated 3 car seats to us.  Thank you Kevin for your help and concern.

Fr. John in Haiti


Here's another picture from Haiti - Fr. John is holding one of the Holy Angels Orphans.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some Pictures from Haiti


Fr. John thought those of you who asked would be interested in seeing some of the pictures from Haiti - where the Holy Angels Hospice/Orphanage is located. Two of the picture are the orphanage and the third is Fr. John with one of the children.  The lives of these children is desperate.  Please visit  the Holy Angels Website to learn more about the plight of the children and the man who cares for them.



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thank You!!!

A Giant thank you to Stacy Novalkowski for a $40.00 donation and a changing table for an infant from Plumsted Township. We can now buy a pad for the table you so generously donated and a few baby bottles. Many thanks!!!


Friday, November 6, 2009

St. Claire's Desperately Needs...

Rocking chairs - child's size and adult size. Please help if you can. We will make sure your rockers get to them. I have several rockers here, I bet many of you have one floating around that you aren't using. Hmmmm... children love rocking chairs.

St. Claire's Home

We recently donated items to ladies collecting for St Claire's Home in Neptune, NJ. St Claire's Home is a place for children with AIDS/HIV Positive. Many of the children live there. The women that bring items to them, are Carol, Mary Ann and Betty from Whiting. Before recieving the donations, they had a meeting with Fr. John, explaining that although they only collect for the Holidays the need is there all year. Although they are not in our immediate area, often children from local counties wind up there. Keeping within our mission, it would be another way of helping the needy and sick children. We were told the majority of the children are ages infants to 12 yrs. Items donated for their Christmas are as follows-1 stroller, 1 big box of toys for infants and toddlers, 2 boxes of infant and toddler clothes for Fall. For Winter/4 coats for size 2t-4t, baby blankets, crib sheets, 20 bibs for boys and girls ,pacifiers, 10 pairs like new shoes for toddlers, baby wash cloths,1 pink bac pack for school age child, socks for infants to toddlers, 12 books for early teens, 4 books for toddlers, 1 walker, 2 new bottles and a brand new mobile activity game for a crib. There are a total of 3 St Claire Homes in New Jersey: one in Neptune, Elizabeth and Jersey City.

Our second donation to St. Claire's consisted of: 2 Swings, stuffed animals, toys for boy,2 toddler jackets, a small back pack for a boy, a laundry bag, slippers and more newborn t-shirts, bibs and infant wash cloths, a foam puzzle, regular puzzles, playing cards and some powder and tights for a 6 yr old girl

Thursday, November 5, 2009

WOW - Look What Melodi Collected For US!!!


Here's a picture of our little truck - loaded to the gills with treasure gathered for us by Melodi - WOW - what a haul! Thank you SO MUCH! All these items AND clothes! She's been very busy on our behalf and we truly appreciate it.

One of Our Angels


Her Mom wants this caption "MY PRIDE AND JOY-REYS OF HOPE HAS BEEN HELPING MY DAUGHTER.." Is she sweet, or what? She needs size 24 months 2t - pj's and clothing. Please contact us if you can help.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Message from Krystal - Our Outreach Coordinator

This just in from Krystal - who has been under the weather lately. Best wishes Krys - we hope you feel better soon.

"A special thank you to the following people:
- Eve of Cherry Hill for donating a MAC computer. It will help a family go to school online since they can not do it traditionally. Eve has donated to our organizations many times with many nice things. A special thanks =)
- Maura of Gloucester County donated two very large bags of womens clothing. All very nice designer clothing. The families they went to were very surprised and very pleased. Thanks to Maura and her family.
- Mitchell Family of Voorhees, Thank you for donating childrens clothing. They are currently being placed with a family in need.
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We have helped:
-A family in need Mother + Daughter. We helped with winter clothing for the two of them. Plus a Bday present for the daughter.
-A family in need out of Somerdale- we helped with 24mo/2t boy clothing.
-A computer went to a family in Bellmawr so they can go to school from home. Online.

Right now I'm currently in need of young girl 4t pants/5t shirts, 3t boys clothing and 4th boys clothing.14/16 clothing for a girl and any junior size clothing in about a 2 or 3. I have multiple families that need this size (2/3 in juniors.) I am also in need of a crib, bedding (boy) and 12 mo clothing for a 10 mo old boy for the winter.
Also in need of Oak/ Oak colored kitchen chairs (4-6 of them)
I'm also in need of ladies shoes. sneakers or flats in a size 8.5-9.

After talking to Peaches to see if maybe she had any of these sizes in inventory, I was informed we are pretty much wiped out of all warm childrens clothing from 4 -18 and are also in need of baby girl 12-18 months, plus 0-12 months for baby boys. Of course we can always use any warm clothing but the waiting list for the children clothes always have multiple children waiting for their size to come in. Any clothing you may have to help keep others warm would be useful to someone on the ever present lists of needs.

I want to thank everyone for being so patient with me. Some have wondered and questioned if the Reys ofHope Outreach Coordinator is still with Reys since they haven't heard me on the blog. I am very much with you guys. I have been fighting some medical issues but I am still here and still helping whenever I can!! Sorry I haven't gotten a chance to give everyone an update. Thanks for all that were concerned. Thanks to everyone for donating, volunteering and making the donation world a better place =) Reys of Hope and all of our volunteers do the best we can to make a difference in the world and if we help just one person it would make us happy. I'm so happy we can help as many people as we do. Good job to the volunteers and to the donors. Keep up the good work!"

Monday, November 2, 2009

Some Pictures

















We thought you might like to see some pictures of Fr. John with some women who donated lots of stuff to us! Their car was full! Thank you to Abbie, Marquisha, Melanie and Daniel (isn't he cute?)! Know that the items you gave us are greatly appreciated and probably have already gone to their destination family/families. Thanks so much!

Donations

We recently had some questions regarding the distribution of your donated items. If you prefer to donate to a specific family (and I do this myself when there is something that tugs at my heartstrings) please be assured that it goes where you intended it. Otherwise - please be assured that everything gets used - and what we cannot use is donated to a charity that sells those items and uses the proceeds to help others. There is a large network of groups that work in that way - we share things among ourselves - clothing swaps, etc. This way we "keep the circle of giving spinning" to quote Peaches.

The need is never ending and just when we think we have everyone covered, we encounter another family or person in need. It is so sad that so many are disenfranchised due to circumstances beyond their control. It makes me think of the Great Depression and The Grapes of Wrath. So please, know that we are truly grateful for every donation we receive and that it all goes to good use. You can tell by these postings - and these are just our key families in the most dire circumstances. There are many others not posted in the blog just because of sheer volume.

Please accept our sincere thanks for all that you do to support us and our effort to help others.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas Wish List

Well, here it comes - Christmas is right around the corner. As many of you know, we try to do as much as we can for the families in need - especially around the holidays - it is so important for the children - we think. We try to ensure the children of the families we serve are given some toys, clothing and books (Peaches wants every child to have plenty of books). Things to stimulate their creativity or just books that take them places or tell them comforting stories.

We know how tough times are - believe me - and if any of you can find it in your hearts to donate a new toy or book or pj's or doll - whatever - wrapping paper, ribbon, tape - stocking stuffers - baby items - baby toiletries, diapers - financial donations - anything at all - it would be a great help to us. Last year Ruth and I made bunches of flannel pj pants and quite a few Xmas outfits for the little girls. Ruth bought crayons and coloring books - I bought tights and shoes. Fr. John, Pat and Peaches purchased all kinds of gifts - wrapping paper and ribbon - you name it. Your generosity would really help to us to be able to provide a joyous holiday - maybe even buy a few turkeys for those less fortunate.

We still have not found a place we can afford as a centralized collection, sorting and distribution center - we are still relying on each other's homes and our storage units -OUR wish list is for some monetary donations to help pay for our truck and the cost of running it, to help pay for our storage facility, to help purchase needed items for our families.

Another New Family

We have just picked up another family of 5. The Dad is out of work and lost his benefits. He is waiting for unemployment to start while he looks for work - and we know how "easy" that is (NOT).

The family is made up of:
1 toddler girl 3 yrs old, wears size 3t
1 young girl 6 yrs old, wears size 7/8
1 teen girl 15 yrs old, wears junior 4
1 teen boy 14 years, wears adult medium
Mom wears medium(Dad wants nothing )his neighbor and wife asked for assistance. People are proud and famiies always want for their children - not for themselves. Again, please help if you can. As we get more details about this family we will post it here.

Thanks again to all of our donors for their continued generosity and support.

Our Newest family of 6 - Please Can You help?

These people are hurting - if you can help in any way, please contact us.

Family of 6:
boy age 4: shoe size 10-11, underwear5/6
boy age 9: shoe size-3, pants-10, shirts-8/10
girl age 11: shoe size 3/4 girls or 5 adult, tops & pants 14/16 girls
girl age 17: shoe size 8-1/2-9, medium adult tops, medium-large women pants; also would like a little make up
pregnant girl age 19: shoe size 9, pants large,coat large, bras 36c, maternity tops large
boy 20(on unemployment needs underwear and coat size xxl
mom needs size small tops and pants works 2 days a week,shoe size 7
dad, depressed needs large shirts and underwear,1 nice shirt for church. He desperately needs at least 1 pr of sneakers size 10.

( The children said they would like coloring books and crayons,nail polish and peanut butter)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Season of Thanks Giving

Hi Everyone! I just received my annual donation card from the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. They do such important work. I'd like to remind everyone that for every $10.00 donation, the Food Banks can purchase a 12 pound turkey for a family in need. There are many Food Bank organizations across the Delaware Valley. Please think about those less fortunate than you and if you can, send them a monetary donation or check out their web sites for lists food items they need. You can also donate online, that's where I'm headed right now. The thought of anyone not having enough to eat brings tears to my eyes. Thanks, Suzann

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thank You

We would like to thank the Shop Rite of Howell for their donation of a gift card for our father of 4. We also would like to thank Rebeka from Monmouth for her work to help our most recent fire victims.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

We Desperately Need......

We are in desperate need of cribs, pack-n-plays and other baby furniture type items, strollers, swings - please if you know of anyone who may be looking to find a home for their no longer needed baby stuff - would you have them get in touch with Fr. John asap.

I wrote to several of the manufacturers asking if they would consider donating to an organization as small as ours - but to date - I have not had a response and the one I did get referred me to their parent organization. Our need is NOW - while it would be wonderful to be the recipient of the products these companies produce - the reality is - we need stuff now. Our sincere thanks for whatever help you can provide us.

Huge Thanks to Melodi from Jackson

Oct.20/09-A HUGE thank you to Melodi from Jackson. She donated enough clothes for our 17 year old's twins for their first six months. All season clothes - YES!! She has been a blessing to our organization. Thanks to her generosity, all we need now are 2 cribs, one pack-n-play and baby bottles. Of course she will need diapers, formula and the day-to-day baby items - please, if you can help us -let us know and we will be happy to arrange a pick up.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Update On Fire Victims

I just received the particulars on the newest fire victims - a young mother, her 1 year old son and her Mom. Hhere is the updated list...

From Peaches: "Whatever I am getting I hope to have it by Tuesday so I can drop it on Wednesday or I will have no way to get it there..."

They need groceries, personal hygiene, everything one would lose in a fire replaced

Grandmom- is 5'2" more of a tee-shirt & jeans girl- size 6 pants, medium shirts
she does have a winter jacket

(Young mom) - is wearing 16 (sometimes 18) jeans- L/XL shirts
she is in desperate need of bras (40DD) and Size 7/8 underwear
she has one winter jacket

Jacob (1 year old)

SOCKS & CLOTHING!! SIZE 12-18 months- shoe size she isn't sure of- i would guess 4 for now -5 for future bc he is smaller than my 1 year old.
pajamas
hat mitten and gloves
is in need of umbrella stroller
all toys were lost in fire
blanket & pillow for crib
pack 'n play
toothbrush & baby toothpaste
other items a 1 year old would like

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The grandmother does not have a home to bring items too just yet- but she lost everything and is in need of silverware, pillows, bed blankets, sheets size full, plates, cups, measuring cups, kitchen accessories

~~~~they own 4 cats- and are in need of cat beds, leashes & collars, cat food, litter

They are currently trying to find homes for two of them...

BLACK FEMALE CAT- NAMED ANGEL- SPAYED 2 YRS. OLD- IS GREAT WITH ADULTS AND OTHER CATS- IS NOT GOOD WITH CHILDREN- VERY SKITTISH WHEN FIRST HANDLED.

BUTTON- 11 YR. OLD FEMALE CAT- GREAT WITH EVERYONE- VERY NICE CAT- GOOD WITH OTHER CATS.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Fire Victim's

This just in from Peaches....a newly single Mom and her 1 year old son just moved in with her Mother. They had a house fire and lost everything. They need everything - I can't even imagine how they must be holding up. The little guy needs clothing of all kinds and he is size 12-18 months. The grandmother wears size 6 pants, medium tops and size 8 shoes. They will also need groceries and baby items - diapers, wipes, etc. As soon as I have more info I will post it here - we are waiting for clothing sizes for the Mom and another friend. If you can help - please let us know. As always, we are happy to arrange a pickup at a time that is convenient for you.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Update on Our Father of Four from Jackson

I received an email from the woman who is spearheading the help for the Dad who lost his wife in that tragic accident in Jackson. Since I know many of you were asking, here is her response - including sizes of the children - I am sure they are growing by leaps and bounds.

"Thank You He is doing ok as well as expected and I will tell him u were asking about him. He appreciates all u have done for him. The children are 4 months and 15 months girls, the older girl is 4 and the boy is 6(he is big) probably size 8 to 10. The infants are small so probably 6 months and 24 months sizes. He got a great response from so many people, friends, family and the craigs listing. I appreciate all the help you all have given me and can not thank you all enough. If you ever need help with anything please feel free to call me. thank you talk soon."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"So You Thought It Was Easy?!?!"



Here are a few pictures of one of our recent pick ups. Several women in Monmouth County were going to have a yard sale - but after reading our blog decided to donate to us. That's Fr. John - trying to fold down a baby swing so it will fit in with all the other gear.

The woman in these pictures is Rebeka - our contact person for this donation. Thank you Rebeka - and your friends - I bet this stuff will go out quicker than it came in to us!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Baby Needs List

Per the posting below - does anyone have a stroller that can accomodate twins? Or by the Grace of God - one of the big ones that can hold the twins and the big sister? She is going to need double of everything - car seats, bassinets, swings - she will also need formula and diapers - probably needs diapers for her little girl as well. Infant sleepers - you name it. Yikes! Thank you for your generosity.

Help Please

Fr. John received this email just the other day - Of course she is eligible for our help - we would never turn anyone away. While I can understand her parents consternation, she still needs help. Children do not ask to be born. If any of you have items to donate for this young woman would you please contact us.

"Hi, I am 17, I live in Ocean County, NJ. I have an 18 month old daughter and am expecting fraternal twins in November. My parents kicked me out on the street and I found a small motel where my friend lives, she's the one who gave me your email and I was wondering if I was eligible for your help as I don't have much money or anything for my daughter to play with or for the twins arrival. Please email me back asap thanks "

Note to this young woman - if you are reading this - we will do whatever we can to help you.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Food Pantry Info

We have had many requests for information on the area food pantries. Their site is Statewide Emergency Food and Anti-Hunger Network. It lists all the food pantries by county and has information on how to be a food donor and other info. Here is the link to their site: http://www.sefan.org/gpage.html3.html

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thank You to Medford Rotary Club

We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to the Medford Rotary Club for inviting us to present our organization to their group on October 6th. They were introduced to us via donations we made to them for the Pedals for Progress bike drive they sponsored at Johnson's Farm in September.

Fr. John discussed the mission for the Reys of Hope Project based here in Southern NJ, as well as Holy Angels Children's Society Hospice and Orphanage in Haiti. He felt very welcome and was glad t0 have the opportunity to discuss our work and the progress we have made helping others.

Our Newest Princess-Thank You from her Mom


Our newest little princess. Donated items made it possible that she had what she needed before she arrived. Her mom, who has ok'd the use of her photograph wrote---"my baby arrived on Aug.28th she was 6lbs 10 oz . We love her to death and are blessed to have her. I was so thankful to you for the stuff you got me... it came in handy. Right now I am wonderful with baby clothes thanks to you .. I have probably enough until she is 1 year old. I thank you so much because they were very nice and well taken care of clothes. I am also good on kitchen items, you gave me some awesome non stick pots which I use often.. I have used them more than my old ones i have.. plus the microwave has made my life so much easier. Thank you....since you asked what we could still use the only thing that would come in handy would be a Pack-n-Play. Oh by the way, I don't think I could do anything without that stroller you gave me. I walk to school and any store we need to go to with it..I use it every single day. Again I thank you for all you have done for me and I am so glad i met you".

More Pictures of the Rotary Club Presentation

These next pictures are the Reys of Hope poster and Fr. John heading out the door to the meeting.

Presenting at the Medford Rotary Club




Fr. John was invited to speak at the Rotary Club about Holy Angels Children's Society and the Reys of Hope Project. We thought you might like to see a few pictures of them preparing for the meeting. Here's Pat working on the posters.

This one is for the Holy Angels Children's Hospice in Haiti.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Thank You for Us from Lori

I want to thank you sooooooo much from the bottom of my heart for your sincere generosity. My family was so pleased for all your help. I can not believe you took the time to come to me to drop them off. I am completely grateful. The clothes and toys were such a help. Once again, I am so thankful.
God Bless Lori

Our Statistics for 2009 to Date

WOW! Our Group has been very busy - check out these stats
We have helped over 150 families since January 1/09.

Krystal's drop offs since joining us are as follows:

7-Camden County
3-Gloucester County
2-Atlantic County
2-Cumberland County
5-Camden County
1-Salem County

Fr John And Pat's drop offs

15-Ocean County
3-Burlington Couty
3-Gloucester County
2-Mercer County
8-Atlantic County
3-Other

Peaches drop offs

77-Burlington County
1 Cumberland County
12-Camden County
2-Mercer County
2-Gloucester County
2-Ocean County
7-Other

Other = counties not in our usual service area, however due to the desperate need, we helped!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thank You to Lori

Thank you to Lori from Lakehurst who sent a $100.00 donation for the family that had the house fire. They are truly grateful for the generosity of everyone who has stepped up to help them rebuild their life. Thank you again - in these hard times - it is much appreciated.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Little Cutie


Peaches thought you might want to see one of our little cutie pies. Her parents are hard working and struggling to provide all the necessaries for her. She already knows her ABC's, loves bright colors and loves to be outside. Her size is 18 months to 2 yrs - if you would like to donate some gently used clothing for this little lady please contact us. PS- We got her Mom's permission to post her picture.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Some Thank You's

Lori from Brick donated salt and pepper shakers, linens and small household items.
Cindy from Forked River collected donated things and delivered to us. Plus she added a lamp, porcelan doll and household items.
Margorie from Toms River donated silverware, curtains and drinking glasses.
Fred from Bricktown donated a brand new microwave!
Cindy is the person who gathered up the items for our organization. We received them on Sept 16. Thank you all so much for caring and donating - we truly appreciate your help!!!

Pat & Fr. John's Activities for september

Sept. 3 - Gave Wendy in Howell a large bird cage so she could buy parakeets for her 2 boys.

Sept 9 - A woman met us at the Pet Smart Shopping Center Rt 70 to pick up sheets, toddler books, and boy clothes 2t and 3t, they also received a DVD player so they could watch their movies.

Sept 9 - last load delivered to Anna for needy school in Mercer area. We gave them baby dolls, games, pillows, blankets, clothes, activity games, sippy cups, diapers and 24-36 months clothing for toddlers in Pre-K. She met us in Bordentown since we had another drop off.

Oneida from Vineland met us at Hammonton Wawa Shopping Center. We gave her large male shirts and slacks for her son. She gave us clothes her son had outgrown. We really appreciated that. She was so grateful that we drove so far and wanted to help.

Sept. 10 - Eve from Cherry Hill donated a lot of women's clothes which Krystal picked up so we want to thank her.

Sept.10 - donated to a woman in Toms River newborn to 6 months infant clothes, about 20 items plus diapers. She was so appreciative that a few days later she donated some toys for boys; like cars, hulk hogan, spider man and balls.

Sept 14-16 - we picked up some children's clothes and toys in areas of Forked River, Lakewood and Jackson for the father of 4 children.

Sept 14-16 - we picked up a microwave, linens, sheets and small household items in Browns Mills, Jackson, Forked River, Mt.Holly and Toms River. These people have really come forward with their donations and Fr John truly appreciates it. He said "its good to see that people come together in times of tragedy". We still need winter coats, gloves and diapers, formula etc for the father of 4. The fire victims still need clothes for their daughter, scarves, gloves, a small TV and toiletries.

Sept 15 - Donated 14 outfits for an 18 month old girl to a woman in Forked River.

Sept 15 - Donated clothes for 2 girls size 3T and 4t from New Eygpt area.

Sept 16 - picked up 2 boxes of infant and toddler clothes from Bayville area. Some will be used for the father of 4 (some were summer clothes and they will be stored away for next year).

Sept 14 - met Roseann at Chick Filet parking lot in Howell to donate some of the items we have received so far for father of 4.

So Sad......

Here is a copy of an email I got from Peaches early this morning - if you read our December 2008 post you will find the write up about this family and the Christmas tree.

Please read: This is from the lady who got the christmas tree...we have been chatting....such a shame...I cannot imagine a solution will be found anytime soon...her last email when I asked allot of ?'s she wrote in response...this sad answer

"In July we lost our house. We were going to move to Indiana, my husband has family there. We got there and he couldn't find a job so we came back to find work for him and a place to live. His mom said she'd keep my 2 little ones while we found a place. Now she wants temporary custody so that has made finding a place 20 times more serious. We cant find a place due to him literally just starting work last week. We are praying daily for a miracle to get a place so we can go get them before she does anything else. I talk to them every couple days, our cell phones are off so it's not easy. I miss them so much I cry every day."

Last Christmas, the Siemens Company generously donated a Christmas to this family, a beautiful tree, and gifts including a check. The family felt the tree was gift enough and did not even want to accept the other gifts. How can this happen? The Mom has serious medical problems, the Dad works they are trying so hard. .... Yesterday Bernanke said the recession was over - it appears it is a depression for this family. If you can help or know of an organization that can assist them in obtaining funding or a deposit or a place to live - please contact us. Thank you.

Why Would You Steal from a Baby??

We have a 5 month old baby boy who was removed from an abusive situation and placed with another family member. We had collected some brand new and nearly new items for him - a brand new swing, an Exersaucer, bouncy chair and other baby items, toys, etc. These items were being staged for delivery in Peaches' yard.

Unfortunately, when they went to load up - they discovered the items had been stolen and additionally, that someone had taken other items from the Reys of Hope truck. We are very disappointed that someone would be so callous and selfish or desperate that they felt it was necessary to steal from us. Especially when we would happily help any person in need.

We know who this person is and are asking by way of this post that they please return our goods so that they can go where they are needed. Just to be clear, we know that the person who took them does not have a need for them and that they are laying in their yard being ruined by the weather.

We are on a quest to replace these items as this child now has not even a swing to comfort him. If you can help with baby boy items for him, please contact us. Thank you for allowing us to vent and for your continued support.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Clothing sizes, Diaper Sizes and Formula for Dad with 4 little ones

Here is the information on the four motherless children - PLEASE, PLEASE, if you can help in any way - contact us and we will arrange to pick up your donation. If you require a receipt we will provide you with one. If you cannot be home, we will do porch pickups.

The children are a boy 6, girl 4, girl 1 and an infant girl 3 months. Diapers, formula and clothes are needed. The boy is size 8-10, 4 year old is 5/6, the one year old is 18 months size and diapers 3-4; and the infant 3-6 months clothes and size 2 diapers . The infant is on stage 2 baby food and Similac formula.

To Christina

Thank you for your interest. If you would like to donate items for the accident victim's family - we can arrange a pick-up for you and our Fr. John will see to it that it gets to the family. We are waiting for information from the woman who made the initial request for the family to provide us with where to make a monetary donation. As soon as I have more info I will post it to the blog. Again, thank you - this is a terrible tragedy for the Dad and his small children.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Please Read and Help If You Can

This is tragic! A young mother killed in a car accident leaving four young children and a husband DONATIONS FOR CHILDREN , CLOTHING, FOOD, FORMULA, DIAPERS, ETC.
Date: 2009-09-08, 10:51AM

ACCIDENT JACKSON - DONATIONS NEEDED FOR FATHER AND 4 SMALL CHILDREN AFTER THE LOSS OF THEIR MOTHER, JANE 27, KILLED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT ON SEPT.3. 2009 INVOLVING A TRACTOR TRAILER ON VETERANS HIGHWAY. ANY DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

CLOTHING, FORMULA, DIAPERS, FOOD, OR MONEY ETC. THE CHILDREN ARE ETHAN 6, VICTORIA 4, MOLLY 14 MONTHS AND KAYLEE 3 MONTHS. THE FATHER IS LEFT BEHIND WITH 4 VERY YOUNG CHILDREN TO CARE FOR, AS A COMMUNITY WE CAN PULL TOGETHER TO HELP THIS FAMILY TRYING TO COPE WITH THIS GREAT LOSS.

Here is a link to the press release on this accident: http://www.jacksonnjonline.com/2009/09/03/jacksons-deadly-road-scene-of-horrific-accident/

PLEASE, if you can help - contact us and we will pick up whatever you can donate to this family. We will post their current sizes and needs in the next posting.

Friday, September 11, 2009

List of Needed Items for Family Lost All in a House Fire

I am posting the list of needed items for the family that lost everything in a house fire. We have already amassed clothing for the children - please contact us with any items you can donate.

Many of you may know Maritza, one of our cashiers in the South Cafeteria for several years. Sadly, her home burned down this past Monday. Everything was lost. She, her husband and 3 children were left with nothing and no rental insurance. If anyone is interested in donating items or money, I am gathering up donations for her. Below is a list of some items (other than $) which are needed. They would sincerely appreciate anything, new or gently used! Just imagine what you would need if you moved into a new home with nothing but the shirt on your back.

· Food
· Clothes
· Shoes
· School supplies
· Toiletries
· Pots/Pans
· Dishes
· Cleaning supplies
· Towels
· Chairs
· Table/chairs
· Small appliances
· Full or Queen Bed
· Dressers
· Twin bed
· Bunkbeds
· Sheets
· Pillows
· Curtains
· Vacuum

The children’s sizes are as follows:

· Boy age 3 – clothes size 4, shoes size 9

· Boy age 6 – clothes size 6/7, shoes size 13

· Girl age 9 – clothes size 10/12, shoes size 4

Thursday, September 10, 2009

PLEASE HELP US IF YOU CAN -

We just got word from one of our large donors about a family near Trenton that just lost everything in a house fire. The woman works at J&J with them in their cafeteria and she has three little kids. Thankfully, it started during the day and they were outside. Had it been nightime I would be writing a different story here. We are going to be getting a list of their needs which I will post here - if you or anyone you know can help with donated items - please let us know. These little kids are starting school and I cannot imagine what they have or do not have.

Thank you for any help you can give to us. I hope to have the list within the next few days.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Peaches NEVER Sleeps - Mantua Methodist Church

Here is a small sampling of what this woman has accomplished in the past few weeks. Not only did she pick up this huge donation - she washed, sorted, boxed it up and distributed it where it was needed. Additionally, the overflow was sorted and placed in storage for the next families in need.

We need to thank the Mantua United Methodist Church, 201 Mantua Blvd., Mantua NJ who shared clothing left over from their clothing swap with us...an entire mini pick up truck load worth!! Listed below is where about 70% of the clothing has been shared. The other 30% has helped fill the totes for future needs. They have helped many many people with this gift. We have been able to help so many due to the size of this donation that a handful may not have made it to our central list yet, but here are the ones that did....

Clothing was given to a young couple with 3 children between the ages of 5-12. All of them were able to receive many things which is wonderful, since they are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. They are located near Mount Holly NJ

Clothing was given to the children ....all 5 of them living with one very pregnant mom to be, who is in hiding from the father of the baby who became more and more violent after their last daughter was born 6 years ago. After he started to abuse her in front of the children, she fled with them in the middle of the night. At the time she did not know she was pregnant (he raped her). We were able to provide clothing for all of them and are currently gathering needed household and infant items for her. We can not list her location for safety reasons.

Clothing was given to one hard working man, his wife and 3 children, including a brand new baby girl. He is always so busy getting together what the family needs that he has no money left for his own needs..Because of the clothing donated he now as a few items. He is in the Browns Mills area.

Clothing was given to a struggling young couple and their 3 children. We were able to provide almost everything they needed in the clothing department (except pants for the man of the house) was garnered from the donation from the swap. They are in Swedesboro area.

Clothing was given to a woman with severe medical problems, along with the husband that loves and cares for her. They are having serious financial issues and are unable to buy needed items. Fortunately, many items were found that worked for them including two brand new pair of slacks for him. They live in the Mount Holly area.

Clothing was suppplied for one mom to be, her husband and their 3 boys aged 6 and under. They were already having difficulty before the medically impossible pregnancy occurred. They have all received a substantial amount of clothing. They are in the Browns Mills area.

Clothing was supplied for a mom with 7 children all under the age of 19, two of which are disabled. Dad decided the grass was greener elsewhere leaving her and the children searching for everything, including work. He has been ordered to pay child support but has still not paid any. Clothing for all was provided, as many of them have outgrown the clothing they were able to bring with them from last year. They still need other items, including school uniforms and food. The clothing from the church swap has made life a little easier in one department. They are in the Millville area.


Clothing was given to a couple with 4 children under the age of 6. Due to her last pregnancy being medically challenging, Mom lost her job. This has made buying things, such as clothing for the always growing children, impossible. They are in the area of Burlington.

Clothing was given to a couple with 2 children ages 6 and 7. Since Dad was hurt and has been deemed unable to work and Mom's job shut down things have been beyond difficult. They are in the Bordentown area.

Clothing was given to one very pregnant Mom and her 3 school age children. They are in the area of Magnolia.

Clothing was given to a woman and her friend for their children. We were able to clothe one older daughter, 2 pre-school girls and a toddler boy. They are near Mt. Holly.

Clothing was given to two pregnant Moms and their future babies, one a girl and one a boy. Both were having great difficulty. They are in the Atlantic City area.

Clothing was given to a young stay at home Mom and her toddler. Since she does not work out side the home, the little money they have never goes to clothing for her. She now has a complete wardrobe as does her daughter. They are in the Medford area.

Clothing was given to one preteen and her two younger cousins all of which come from homes that are struggling to pay the bills. They are in the New Egypt area.

Clothing was supplied to one very pregnant mom with 2 toddler boys. When the violence started to be directed at the children she drove until she ran out of gas and has been in hiding since. She now has clothing for all of them to last a year.

Clothing was given to a single mom of a toddler girl along with extras for her friend in much the same situation. Both are students with very limited income. They are in the Burlington area.

Clothing was given to a Mom and her 3 children under the age of 6 that are living in transitional housing while they work on getting back on their feet. They are in the area near Pemberton.

Clothing was given to one hard working waitress with little support. She was given a wardrobe worth of items. She is in the area of Springfield.

Clothing was given to a woman who lives with her mom due to losing her house and everything in it...A total of 4 adults and 5 children now share one house. They are in the Mount Holly area

Clothing has been boxed up for two different plus sized women who have difficulty finding and affording clothing in their sizes. They are located in Gloucester county.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Thank You from Pat and Fr. John

Thank you to Dawn from Howell for your donation of womens and mens clothes plus a generous amount of toys(Aug 30/09.

Thank you to Heather from Robbinsville (Dawn's sister) who donated boy clothes size 7 which we always need, because they are so hard to get; plus shoes,toys and girl and teen clothes (Aug 28/09).

We gave 2 bags of childrens clothes and 1 bag of toys to a school in Mercer County that trys to help needy students in their school (Aug 30 2009. The woman said they really could use some educational books, like a,b,c and other school type books for the younger children. We will keep an eye out for that.

REQUEST FROM US: If you have any school type or reading books for children - please consider donating them to us so we can help this woman. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pat and Fr. John Ride Again

Some news from Pat and Fr. John:

Donna from PA.donated several gift cards from Kohls to help a very needy family. Thank you for your generosity and continued support.

Jane from Medford donated a bag of baby bottles with new nipples. These are always a welcomed item and much needed. Thank you.

Fr. John and Pat dropped off a high chair to a woman in Toms River on August 20th.

Fr. John and Pat dropped off some household items to a woman in Bricktown starting over (husband took everything of value) Aug 20/09.

Fr. John and Pat met needy family from Newark half way to give them some baby boy items.(Hamilton they met us at local store)

Julia from Browns Mills donated some baby girl clothes on Aug 24. We always need these too. Thank you.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

One of Our Kids


Here is a "before" and "after" picture of one of our babies. God, we love these kids. Isn't he a handsome little guy???

A Thank You Pat Received


This is a picture of a letter sent to to Pat by a Grandfather who was very appreciative of the help we gave to his grandchildren.

Again, this is what makes this journey so worthwhile.

Thank You From Pat

A family from the Bellair Mobile Home park in Browns Mills donated some baby girl items and crib bumper set. Thank you! We have baby girls coming soon - we need these items!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Words


Here is a picture of Fr. John with members of a large family in South Jersey. One of the daughters wrote him to ask for help for her family - so he and Pat loaded up the car and off they went. Do you see the smiles - THIS is what makes it all worthwhile!

Thank Yous from Krystal

Krystal wrote....please thank...

Erin from Haddon Heights for donating everything left over from her MOVING SALE! All wonderful like new items. All different items from mens, womens and babies...

Greg and Maureen from Audubon for Yard Sale left overs. She also was kind enough to donate a Queen size mattress to a family in need. She took the time to take it there and gave the family a laptop to do online classes for school. This couple has such a kind and big heart.

Nicole from Pitman for baby items.

Dawn from Merchantivlle for womens clothing and shoes.

Karen and Bob from Eastampton for men and women's items

Michell from New Egypt for a large donation of little girls clothes that she was kind enough to deliver to Suzann's.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thank You Donna from New Hope

We'd like to thank Donna from New Hope for her donation of boys clothes. They are greatly appreciated. FYI - we always need boys clothes - they must wear their stuff out quicker than little girls. Thank you again for your generosity.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thank You to Jennifer from Jackson

Thank you for you donation - but more importantly, thank you for the verse you sent. It speaks volumes. Here for everyone's reading pleasure - and to provoke some thought - is the verse Jennifer sent.

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Matthew 25:35-40 (New International Version)

35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thank You Donna

Thank you to Donna from Maple Shade who donated cereals, pop tarts, shampoos, spaghetti sauces, tooth paste and other items. It is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Statement from Fr. John

He wishes me to reiterate (see our website www.reysofhope.com) that we help everyone, regardless of race, creed, color or religious affiliation. Need has no boundaries and we chose this path we are on. If you need us and we can help you - we will be there.

Pat & Father John - On The Road Again



Thought you might like to see our Fr. John at work - these pictures were taken by Pat - they are delivering baby items to two couples who were nice enough to let us have a Kodak Moment. Thank you so much. Really puts meaning to what we do.