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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Giving opportunities for the Season

Plainfield's Netherwood Heights Neighbors is circulating an email with a list of opportunities to brighten the Holiday season for fellow Plainfielders in need.

Please see below --

As snow falls on this Saturday, we thought it was the perfect time to reach out and let you know about some philanthropic holiday giving opportunities.  We realize that there are so many ways you can donate these days, but these, in particular, benefit Plainfield-area families directly. 

Please consider clicking the social links above to share on Facebook and Twitter, too, so other neighbors to whom we're not connected can help, too. 

As always, neighbors, thank you, thank you, thank you for your incredible generosity. 

Christmas Food Baskets

This will be the 7th year Netherwood Heights Neighbors will sponsor food baskets to be given to Plainfield families at Christmas.  NHN buys both a turkey and a ham for each family.  The rest of the items in these baskets filled with holiday cheer are donated by you, our generous neighbors.

Requested items include, but are not limited to: 
  • Canned goods (fruit, vegetables, drinks, soups, sauces, etc.)
  • Rice and Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Baking items, i.e. cake mixes, pancake mixes
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Candy and Cookies
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Other non-perishable food items
  • Reusable grocery bags like the cloth or plastic ones you buy at the supermarket to help us deliver the food.

Bring food items to Laura's house, and leave them on the front doorstep if she's not home.  Donations accepted through Saturday afternoon, December 21st.  New/non-expired items only, please. 

Baskets will be delivered Sunday, December 22nd.  If you would like to volunteer to help assemble or deliver baskets, send us an email:

Toiletries Collection for Park Hotel Residents

Once again, David, our Committee Chair, is collecting toiletries for the people who reside in the Park Hotel. Items such as, but not limited to the following, will gladly be accepted:
  • Shampoo
  • Soaps/lotions
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Socks
Please put toiletries in a plastic bag or box, and drop them off at David's home, 1355 Denmark Road, or contact him at
New items only, please.  Download the flyer here.

Deadline:  Tuesday, December 17th.

Winter Coat Drive

Winter is upon us... and it's even colder if you don't have a coat to keep you warm and dry.

Please help us help our Committee Chair, Louise, in gathering Winter coats - children's sizes are especially appreciated - for our neighbors in need in Plainfield.  Louise will be bringing donations to be given out at Grace Church.
You can put the coats in a plastic bag and drop them off on her front porch at 701 Belvidere. 

Toy Drive

Toys and gift cards are being collected to provide a wonderful holiday for the children of the Elm-West Residents Association at a special Holiday Party, right here in Plainfield.

Unwrapped toys for any age and gift cards usable in area stores are most welcome. Donations may be left at 1083 Hillside Avenue (the home of Carol & Jim) up until Friday, December 20th. You can call Rebecca at (908) 447-6268 for more information, or she can come and pick up your gift!

All look forward to a fun afternoon with the children, where toys will be distributed, and there will be music and refreshments.  Everyone is welcome! 
You can download the flyer here.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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