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United Way Gifts Of The Season

Each 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 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.

*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.


Donate items

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.

Donate money

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.

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 to department stores, grocery stores, for 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.


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.

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United Way of Northern New Jersey

222 Ridgedale Avenue

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927


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ALICE    is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and represents the growing number of families who are unable to afford the basics of housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation. These workers often struggle to keep their own households from financial ruin, while keeping our local economies running.