Service Project Opportunities
Throughout the year, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSM/NJ) organizes various ”drives” to collect donations, such as small gifts, to brighten special occasions for children and other LSM/NJ program participants.
Collections to Give
Each year, contributions from individuals, community groups, and congregations permit LSM/NJ to distribute back-to-school supplies and holiday toys to appreciative children. Gifts of food and personal care items also bring a smile to adult recipients.
Back to School Backpack
Many of our families cannot afford the added expense of school supplies. Generous donations of assembled backpacks filled enable hundreds of children in our programs to get a jump-start on succeeding in school.
Toys for children are collected as well as hygiene kits, non-perishable grocery items, and money or gift cards to purchase turkeys and gift items for our residents. Calendars⎯especially those with larger numbers for seniors⎯hats, scarves, gloves and other donated items can help lift spirits during the holiday season.
Annually, with your help, we deliver more than 350 unique Easter baskets filled with combinations of activities, books, games, stuffed animals, candy, and treats, as well as Easter-themed messages to children of all ages. If your church group or organization would like to assemble and donate Easter baskets, please contact us.
Thanksgiving Fourth Sunday in September - Sunday two weeks preceding Thanksgiving
We collect canned vegetables, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and other non-perishable food items to ensure a holiday fest on the tables of program participants. Gift cards to area food stores are also welcome.