Little hands make a big difference at ‘Kids for Kids’

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MILLBURN, NJ — Proving that little hands can make a big difference, more than 125 children and parents, along with members of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, took part in the seventh annual “Kids for Kids,” a children’s volunteer event organized by JLOSH in partnership with area nonprofit organizations.

Together these participants volunteered their time to assemble and donate more than 150 dental kits for Interfaith Hospitality Network, more than 150 personal care kits for Family Assistance Resource Center, and more than 150 birthday bags for embella for children in foster care, along with several jars of peanut butter, hearty soups and other food donations to help stock the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. In addition, more than 25 no-sew blankets were assembled for patients of Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

The volunteer event took place March 30 at the George Bauer Community Center in Taylor Park in Millburn. In addition to the collection and assembly of various bags, children were able to decorate bookmarks, create nutritional placemats for food pantry customers, learn about dental hygiene and nutrition basics, and more. Attendees also participated in a photo booth that captured explanations on why volunteering is important and how it made them feel.

“Kids for Kids is a community highlight each spring and a signature JLOSH event!” JLOSH President Kate Farley said. “It continues to build each year, helping to directly impact more and more local nonprofit groups that are aligned with the JLOSH mission of filling basic needs for local children in need. The fun-filled and interactive event promotes voluntarism to our youth and improves the community with the hands-on service projects that happen that day.”

The event also included the annual JLOSH Littlest Volunteers contest for children in grades one through five living in the towns of East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Orange, Short Hills, Springfield, South Orange and West Orange. To further promote volunteerism, youth were asked, “How would you improve the community with $100?” Maggie Meyer, of Livingston, won and was awarded a prize of $100 for her project idea to help donate snack supplies for local children served by Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, a Livingston-based food pantry.

Photos Courtesy of JLOSH