The holiday season is officially upon us, with Christmas trees lining the streets and retailers vying for your cash. What better way to spread the holiday cheer than to give back to the community? Nothing feels better than paying it forward to your Jersey City neighbors in need. Below we’ve rounded up four great ways to give back this year.
Holiday Toy Drive & Happy Hour
322 2nd Street, Jersey City
The 8th Annual Jersey City Ties Holiday Toy Drive & Happy Hour be held at Lucky 7 on Saturday, December 8th. Your new, unwrapped toy or gift card will go to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.
Kids Give Sundays in December
December 2nd, 9th and 16th
700 1st Street, Hoboken
This brilliant event combines service opportunities for kids with time to get shopping done for parents. What could be better during the holidays? Hosted by Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M., for just $23, parents can drop off children ages 4 to 12 to spend an hour-and-a-half with other kids who are interested in learning more about community service and the benefits of giving back, while preparing bagged lunches, toiletry kits, and holiday sock gifts for guests of the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.
Winter Coat Giveaway
472 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City
With temperatures rapidly dropping, it’s hard to imagine getting through a New Jersey winter without a proper coat. The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is collecting donations of gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, personal care items, and non-perishable snacks. You can drop your donations off at the church office up until December 15th from 9:00-5:00.
Holiday Toy Drive
725 State Route 440, Jersey City
This holiday toy drive is specifically for children in the hospital that are unable to make it home to be with their families for the holiday. Naughty Intentions Motor Club & Spooky Ryderz Auto Club have teamed up to collect toy donations. The event will take place at Famous Gyro & Pizza in Jersey City from 12 to 6 p.m. Drop by for a cocktail and bring an unwrapped toy.