Ways to Give Back this Thanksgiving in Jersey City


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Thanksgiving is here and in the spirit of giving, we here at Jersey Digs want to let everyone know about any volunteering, donating or ways to help in and around Jersey City. If you have time and/or the ability to help, please reach out to one of these worthy locations.

As we can’t list or know all of the happenings, please add any that you know of to the comments section.

Thanks and happy turkey day!

Claremont Lafayette United Presbyterian Church in collaboration with Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement will be distributing 200 turkeys, canned good and rice and other sides at 124 Claremont Avenue, JC on Wednesday, 11/23 at 3:00. There is no preregistration, so get there early. The food will be already packaged in bag or box. There is always a need for more canned good and uncooked sides to be donated. To donate, go to the side door on Rose Ave. If you need to arrange for donations to be picked up call Pamela Johnson at 201-589-8322. They are also looking for 10 volunteers to help as well. Please phone Pamela if you can volunteer.

Hope House, an emergency shelter for homeless women with children, already hosted a Thanksgiving dinner last week to allow people to spend this week with their families. They served turkey, pork shoulder and rice. They are always looking for more donations in the form of canned good or cereals for the children. Learn more here.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. John the Baptist churches (3026 Kennedy Blvd.) will be serving a turkey dinner on Nov. 24, in the school auditorium, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. To have the dinner delivered, call Jimmy King at 551-580-4126. Volunteers are needed.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (38 Duncan Ave.) will hold the 7th annual McGinley Square Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Nov. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Jersey City will host its eighth annual “A Community That Cares For Families” Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24 from 8 a.m to 4 p.m at the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center (140 Martin Luther King Dr.). Volunteers and donations are needed, and beverages, water, soda and bags of ice should be dropped off that morning. Donations can include rice, vegetables, salads, meats, cakes, cookies, pastries, rolls, etc.

Monique’s Techniques and the Mo’Hair Foundation will hold their 20th annual Thanksgiving Feast for the community on November 24th from 11a.m to 3p.m. This will be their 20th year of closing down the block and giving the people in the community a chance to eat, fellowship, and be entertained by a live band at 124 Storms Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Angela Cares is hosting their 6th annual Thanksgiving Feed The Seniors on Wednesday, 11/23 from 10 am – 8 pm at the Golden Door Charter School, 3044 Kennedy Blvd. Their goal is to feed 1000 seniors this year. If you or your team would like to volunteer, go to www.angelacares6ththanksgiving.eventbrite.com. If you know of a senior that needs a meal delivered to their home, please call AngelaCARES at 201-685-7273.

Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea’s South Hudson Civic Association, the Rotary Club Of Jersey City, students of McNair-Academic High School National Honor Society and the Fountain Of Salvation Church will provide 2000 Thanksgiving meals.

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, 500 meals will be packed and provided to the needy and homeless from 3 to 6 p.m. On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1,500 meals will be packed and provided to the needy and homeless; and to the inmates of Hudson County jail. Since all meals will be delivered, volunteers are being sought to help with the delivery. The group is also seeking donations of 150 pumpkin pies. To volunteer, donate or receive a meal, contact Riaz Wahid at 201-669-7608 or email: [email protected]

St. Paul’s Church (Episcopal) at 38 Duncan St. will be hosting a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, 11/24 from 2:00 – 5:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. Donations are always welcomed and can be monetary or in the form of desserts or sides. They are looking for volunteers to help them prep on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are interested, please contact Trish Szymanski at [email protected]


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