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United Way Gifts of the Season

Gifts of the SeasonEach year, United Way of Northern New Jersey seeks help from the community to bring holiday cheer and much-needed winter apparel to children, adults with disabilities, and seniors in need across northern New Jersey. Through United Way Gifts of the Season*, more than 10,000 holiday gifts and winter apparel items are distributed to struggling individuals and families.   

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals, groups, and organizations, ALICE® (Asset Limited,
Income Constrained, Employed) and those in poverty in our communities are able to celebrate the holidays. When parents receive gifts for their children through this program, they are able to avoid going into debt by utilizing their limited resources to pay for basic needs such as food, utilities, and rent.

Four easy ways to get involved!

  1. Purchase a gift for an individual
    Gifts given through this program may be the only ones received by those less fortunate in our community.  You can fulfill an actual gift wish of a child, adult with a disability, or a senior living in our community. If you would like to purchase a gift online that will be delivered to the Gifts of the Season program, click here to visit our YouGiveGoods page to select a needed item to donate.
  2. Organize a drive
    Reach out to family, friends, and colleagues to organize a gift collection of items such as:
    • Toys
    • Tools or other household items (towels, blankets, small appliances, and comfortable clothing are great gifts for adults with disabilities and seniors)
    • Gift cards- department stores, grocery stores, gasoline, etc.
    • Winter apparel (coats, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, thermal underwear, socks, etc.)
    • Gift wrapping materials

    Drop-off locations are announced in the fall. Click here to register. For more information, email Lisa Galonardo or call 973.993.1160, x503.
  3. Make a donation

    Donate via our secure online payment system:


    Or checks can be sent to:
    United Way of Northern New Jersey
    PO Box 6835
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807
    Note: Make checks payable to “United Way of Northern New Jersey” with “Gifts of the Season” on the memo line.

    Funds are used to fulfill gift wishes of individuals in the community.
  4. Sign up as a volunteer
    Volunteers are essential to the success of this program. Tasks include counting, sorting, and organizing gifts, clothing, and wrapping supplies. If you, your family, or a group you represent would like to help with the coordination and distribution of these gifts, please click here, email Lisa Galonardo, or call 973.993.1160, x503.

*United Way Gifts of the Season is a partnership effort of United Way of Northern New Jersey and local agencies throughout northern New Jersey that serve ALICE and poverty-level families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

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