The Holidays at Eva's Village
The Holiday Shoppe at Eva’s Village
A wonderful new idea was started in 2009: The Holiday Shoppe at Eva’s Village. In support of our mission to treat everyone with dignity and respect, our clients visit the Holiday Shoppe to select from a wide array of gifts for their children. These gifts, so generously donated to us, ensure that the children of Eva’s Village will have a joyous holiday season they can share with their friends. Just as important is the dignity the Holiday Shoppe provides to parents not able to purchase gifts for their children at this troubled time in their lives. Here, they are able to select gifts for their children.
HOW IT WORKS ...
1. Hundreds of new toys and other new gifts are generously donated by families, companies, churches and other organizations.
2. Many, many volunteers help to sort the gifts and prepare the Holiday Shoppe.
3. Parents in our Shelters and various Treatment Programs choose gifts for their children completely free of charge.
4. The gifts are put aside for many more volunteers who lovingly wrap each one.
5. On Christmas Eve, the gifts are delivered to the parents, who have a wonderful surprise for their children on Christmas morning.
This is one more program that your generosity makes possible at Eva’s Village! When we don’t have gifts appropriate for some children (teens, for example), we use some of our Christmas donations to purchase appropriate gifts. No child is neglected. So give generously this season — your donations will be used all year round!
Serving others at Thanksgiving and Christmas and all during the holiday season is a satisfying way to express gratitude for our good fortune, and it is a favorite time to introduce children to the joy of helping others.
We wish we could accommodate every kindhearted offer to volunteer at Eva’s Village during the holiday season, but we have so many requests that it is simply not possible.
Giving thanks takes many forms. Please consider the following ways to help the most unfortunate among us:
Volunteer at Another Time
It feels good to volunteer during the holidays, but it is an equally rewarding experience at any time and the need is just as great all year round. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 973.523.6220 ext. 248 / Liz.Matthews@evasvillage.org for more information.
Make a Donation to Eva’s Kitchen
Eva’s Kitchen is funded almost entirely by personal donations. Without these constant and generous donations, the more than 1,200 hot meals we serve every single day would simply not be possible. To make donating more meaningful, we suggest making the process a learning experience and family fundraiser. Learn more about Eva’s Kitchen and why it has grown to become the most comprehensive anti-poverty organization in New Jersey. Ask everyone to contribute in some way and use your own enthusiasm to recruit your extended family and your friends. Understanding what we do and spreading the word about Eva’s Village is one of the most important things you can do to help. You might want to consider making your charitable effort a family tradition by establishing a monthly or annual donation program, or by creating your own annual fundraiser.
Create a Collection Program
One young Eva’s Kitchen volunteer learned that the homeless suffer terribly when they do not have warm, dry socks. He started small, by placing collection boxes for his “Sock Drop” at schools, churches and neighborhood stores. His simple act of kindness has since provided tens of thousands of socks for the poor. Many years ago, Eva’s Kitchen needed coffee. A Kitchen volunteer started collecting coffee in quantity and has since provided more than a million pounds of free coffee to serve the homeless, our clients and our workers. Small, diverse nonperishable food items are always welcome, but please consider that we serve more than 1,200 meals DAILY and use vast quantities of any one food item. A sustained collection program of a single staple (rice is just one example) may be an excellent family or community group project. Maybe this is the holiday to start YOUR year-round family tradition of helping the poor.
Msgr. Vincent E. Puma started Eva’s Kitchen in 1982 and quickly realized that when he took the hand of a hungry and homeless person he could not, in good conscience, drop their hand until they were fed, clothed, sheltered, healed, counseled and employed. His vision and creativity produced an entire village covering several city blocks and more than fourteen individual programs to see a person through all they require to find hope and build a better life. He inspires us all to celebrate our Thanksgiving every day by giving back all year round.
How can you help? We’re happy to discuss your ideas, so contact us here:
393 Main Street • Paterson, NJ 07501
Phone: 973.523.6220 • Fax: 973.825.7297