Monday, January 25, 2010

Families We Helped This Christmas

With help from our donors - we were able to provide Christmas for 62 families this holiday season!!  We couldn't have done it without the help of Lorie and her family from Lakehurst.  She arranged gift drives and wrapped and delivered for us.  She is a trooper and we truly appreciate her!! 

We appreciate each and every one of you.  As you may know, we lost one of our guys this year - Tim was a tireless worker and one of our major "elves" - we had illness in our small group this year - Pat was hospitalized during most of the holidays - so we are thrilled to be able to report that despite our group's setbacks - we were still able to help many families.

We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year - filled with hope and prosperity.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Good News!!

Fr. John just got word that all of the children and caregivers at Holy Angels are okay!!  He sends this blessing-

May the Love and peace of Christ our savior be with you always
  Fr. John Bellezza

Thursday, January 14, 2010


 The Christian Fellowship Church of New Egypt, NJ has opened the Helping Hands Food and Clothing Pantry.  They are located at 31 Evergreen Road in New Egypt.

They serve New Egypt, Browns Mills, Wrightstown, Cookstown, Jackson, Jacobstown, Cream Ridge and North Hanover.  At some point in time we all need a helping hand whether it be a big one or a small one.  

If you or someone you know is in need, please come by.  Their hours are Tuesdays 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM,  Thursdays 6:00PM - 7:30PM and Saturdays 9:00AM to 11:00AM.   Please bring proper identification with you.  For more information, please contact Ken Erlenbusch @ 732-644-8335 or Pastor Bob @ 732-768-0520.  You can also email them at 

And a special request from Reys of Hope to our generous donors,  if you have anything you can share or donate, please contact them.   As we get more information, I will post it here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Holy Angels Hospice, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

As you may or may not know, Reys of Hope is a subset of Holy Angels Children's Society and Hospice in Haiti.  And I am sure by now you are all aware of the devastation Port-Au-Prince suffered from the earthquake.  

We are not able to make contact with the Hospice.  Fr. John said it is near the hospital and he can only hope the children were spared.  But the outlook is not good.  The Father who runs that facility is presently undergoing major abdominal surgery and the children were left in the care of the small staff.

Please consider making a donation to Holy Angels - those children are in desperate circumstances and in many instances they die from conditions that are easily cured if they could only have access to a better medical system.  Obtaining access to that medical care is the goal of Holy Angels, Fr. John and Fr. Tony.  

There is a link on the left top side of our blog for further information.  Again, any donation would be of great help.  Should you decide to donate, please make your check payable to Holy Angels Children's Society (to separate it from Reys of Hope - we have to that) and send it to our P. O. Box in Southampton, NJ.  

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Warm Thank You to the Siemens Company 2009!!

Here is an excerpt from an email Peaches received from the family that Siemens sponsored this year:   "The tree is beautiful! The kids had a ball and were so happy! As are me and my husband! We are really grateful for this opportunity that you gave to us!".  

This is the second year we have had the good fortune to be able to work with Siemens to make the holidays brighter for families who are struggling in this bleak economy.  They are a generous and caring organization and we thank them once again.  

Here are a couple of pictures taken by our Pat - they are blurry and I tried to fix them - but most importantly, you cannot miss the smiles on the faces of all involved that day!!

New Year's Resolutions for Pat and Susan:
Pat will learn to have a steady picture taking hand.
Susan will figure out how to make an album on the blog.