Martin Luther King Jr in one of his most famous quotes asked what are you doing for others?
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, teenagers will be volunteering at Pass It Along’s Youth Center in New Jersey, to help homeless children.
January is Poverty Awareness month, and in recognition, participants will make “First Night Bags” through the “Hope in a Tote” project which is run by Pass It Along. The recipients of the bags are children who are homeless and residing in temporary housing run by Family Promise in Sussex County.
Pass It Along is an organization that helps young adults find volunteer jobs. Family Promise of Sussex County is a non-profit organization that helps families by connecting them with temporary shelter, meals, and housing.
NJCounts reports that as of Jan. 23, 2019 there are 9,303 homeless women, men, and children with 6,982 households in New Jersey. That was an increase of 771 since Jan. 23, 2017. Kate Kelly who represents Monarch Housing Associates said that the government shutdown might increase those numbers, as furloughed government employees may lose their housing.
At the “Hope For Tote Event” participants will receive toiletry items, stuffed animals, activity books and toys for the children. Hats that were knit by Pass it Along’s Crochet for a Cause group will also be handed out to adults and children.
Pass It Along volunteers want to do everything they can to make children’s lives better, a representative said.
Thirty teenagers can participate in the event on Monday, and the volunteers will make 50 to 60 bags. Once the bags are completed, they will be distributed to the children.
As part of focusing on what Martin Luther King Jr gave to others, the program will open with a reflection of the fallen leader and close with King’s impact and what the volunteers gained from helping children.
Participants should be between the ages of 11 years old and 18 years old.
To register on the web, go to www.passitalong.org and click on “Volunteer Now” which is at the top of the webpage. Once there, click on “Hope in a Tote.”
Written By Barbara Sobel
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