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How you can help children

Baby Bottle Formula for Hope
Supplies for Children Options
Special Events & Functions Options
Talents & Interests Options
Other Important Options
Special Ideas Options

Baby Bottle Formula for Hope

photoIf you can throw money in a bottle, you can help children.

Here’s how you can help infant foster children:

  1. Fill the 9-ounce baby bottle that we provide with coins, checks, or cash.
  2. Ask your family members and friends to help.
  3. Fill out the honoree/memorial card in the bottle as another way to show you care.
  4. Return the filled bottle to the designated drop-off location.

It’s your choice how you want to help:
You can conduct a Baby Bottle drive any time you want. You decide the size of the drive – perhaps you want only one for your house or office. Maybe you want to encourage friends, neighbors, employees and others to take a bottle. Perhaps your employer would be interested in making it into a company project. Or you might want to make it a project at your church, a school or community organization. We also have jumbo-sized bottles for central collection points.

Why your support is needed:
All donations from the drives for Baby Bottle Formula for Hope support our Infant Foster Care program. We provide temporary foster care for newborn infants and children. CHS of NJ recognizes that a child needs the individualized care that foster parents offer and the danger to a child who is deprived of a nurturing parent relationship. We work with foster parents who provide loving care, interest, understanding, and stimulation for children during a critical time in their lives.

What your donations will provide:
The funds raised will help to purchase cribs, bottles, nipples, diapers, clothing, medical equipment, upfront medical costs, pediatric care, and birth parent counseling services.

For more information:
If you have questions about the Baby Bottle drives, please contact Yashira Tirado via telephone at 609-695-6274, ext. 155 or via e-mail at . For information on other volunteer opportunities or about CHS of NJ Services, please call 609-695-6274, ext. 141.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways you can make a difference in the life of a child. The following options are for individuals, families, friends, employee groups (or an entire company), students of all ages, and members of churches and community organizations. We offer options that fit your schedule, interests, and objectives – and all of them help children. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: 1. Because of program requirements and staff constraints, we can only accept NEW items. 2. We don’t have a pick-up service, and so we ask people to deliver to our office any supplies they are donating. Directions to our office.

Supplies for Children Options

  1. HYGIENE PRODUCTS: (baby and older): Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, baby lotions, washes, oils, Band-Aids, first aid cream.
  2. SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, markers, notebooks, paper, rulers.
  3. ART SUPPLIES: Crayons, paper, glue sticks.
  4. INFANT CARE: Sheets (bassinettes/cribs/Pak N Play cribs/portable cribs), toys (crib, bath, stroller and musical), developmental toys, pajamas, sleepers, pants and tops, dresses, snap bottom tee shirts, undershirts, infant shoes and socks (with and without lace), one-piece footed rompers, hooded terry cloth towels, washcloths, snow suits and hats, bibs, wipes, training pants, fancy tights, disposable diapers (sizes: newborns, 1, 2, 3), diaper bags, bottle warmers, coolers (for baby bottles), items to child proof a home, bottles and nipples, nasal aspirators, thermometers, medicine spoons, infant spoons, nursing pillows, nail clippers, brush and comb, first aid supplies, humidifiers and vaporizers, rash ointment, baby lotion/wash/shampoo, sponges, breast pumps (manual, battery operated or electrical pumps), nursing kits (disposable/replacement start-up kits), breast pads and lotions, lap pads, disposable cameras, photo albums and baby journals, concentrated infant formula, baby monitors, infant car seats, high chairs, baby layettes (outfit, hat, receiving blanket), unwrapped baby/child toys, baby gift wrap and bags, baby/child books, CD or VHS tapes of classical or lullaby music.
  5. FAMILY SUPPLIES: Household items, (kitchen supplies, paper towels), bed sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows, covers, gift baskets, car seats, Halloween costumes for children, store gift certificates (such as Home Depot), tickets to movies and ball games, phone cards, money for transportation needs (such as bus fare), vinyl/canvas bags, first aid kits, disposable cameras, photo albums, wrapping paper, tags, smoke detectors and batteries.
  6. ADOLESCENT (12 – 17 YEARS) FOSTER CARE: Books, backpacks, sheets, towels, hygiene products (lotions, soap, shampoo, African-American hair products), art supplies (pastels, water colors), small/portable electronic games, photo frames and albums, journals, disposable camera, school supplies.
  7. CLOTHING: Newborns, toddlers, and teens, including pajamas, new hats, mittens, winter coats, socks, rain gear, boots, and underclothing. If you have used clothing, please call BeginAgains Thrift Shop (609-888-3300) at 2135 South Broad Street in Hamilton Township. The store generously donates a portion of its sales to CHS of NJ.
  8. CHILDREN’S BOOKS: New books primarily for babies through 12 years old. Books in Spanish also needed. See “Books for babies and children” page for information.

Supply drives can be large formal events or something done in your own house among family and friends. Imagine, for example, inviting guests to your birthday party and asking everybody to bring an item for children, such as a backpack or other school supplies, to donate to CHS of NJ. We mention this to show that there are lots of options for customizing a drive that matches your particular interests.

Special Events & Functions Options

  1. OUR YEARLY EVENTS: Annual children’s benefit gala, Red Rose Days, golf outing
  2. CREATING YOUR OWN EVENT: Everything from car washes to collecting items for selling on Ebay. For options #9 & 10, see “Special events opportunities” page for information. Contact Denise Wentzler at 609-695-6274, ext. 153, or
  3. BABY BOTTLE APPEAL: If you can throw loose change in a bottle, you can help infant foster children. Visit Baby Bottle Formula for Hope section of this website for more information.
  4. TOYS/HOLIDAY: Toys (including educational toys for infants and toddlers) in December and Easter baskets.

Talent & Interest Options

  1. OCEAN COUNTY OFFICE: For details on the volunteer and resource needs of our office in Toms River, New Jersey at 1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 340, contact Maritza Raimundi-Petroski, at 609-695-6274, ext. 160 or .
  2. MARKETING, PR, ADVERTISING, PRINTING: People and resources to help us generate awareness about our programs and services.
  3. ARTS AND CRAFTS. Good at sewing? Making quilts or blankets? Various knick-knacks? Jewelry? Small toys? Contact Marie Braun at 609-695-6274 at ext. 115, or .
  4. OFFICE SUPPORT: Mailings and special events preparations.
  5. LATINO FAMILIES (prenatal and postnatal support): Interpretation/translation services in Spanish. Bilingual/bi-cultural volunteers for interpreting during medical visits (including phone or conference calls) and helping with child care needs and support groups (training provided), or clerical duties. Supplies and children’s books in Spanish. Contact Maritiza Raimundi-Petroski at 609-695-6274, ext. 160, or .

Other Important Options

  1. MONEY: We always need money. Money can be used exactly where it is needed and is a cost-effective way to help. Contact Dana Johnson at 609-695-6274, ext. 161, or . Or donate online using our secure online donation form.
  2. SPREADING THE WORD: If you know people in businesses, community organizations, schools, or churches who might want to help children, please show them this material.
  3. CREATING YOUR OWN OPTION: If you have an idea on how to help children and it is not listed here, please let us know. We’d like to hear your ideas.

FOR INFORMATION ON OPTIONS FOR HELPING CHILDREN: Please contact Dana Johnson at . For options #9, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 18, please contact the person named at each option.

Special Holiday Options

BIRTHDAY GENEROSITY: Instead of a gift for you, ask your guests to bring items (such as school supplies) or a financial donation for CHS of NJ to your birthday party.

HOLIDAY CARING: Decorate your Christmas tree with envelopes and whoever takes an envelope agrees to purchase the item mentioned inside on a tag. The item can be a toy, a children’s book, gloves, anything. Doing this at holidays can bring family and friends together in a way of helping.

CARING FAVORS: Make a donation to CHS in lieu of giving favors to people at a special event, such as a wedding.

YOUR IDEA: Let your imagination guide you to decide how you want to help.

Whether it’s a wedding, holiday, other special event, or corporate or organization activity, mixing caring and imagination does wonders. You can involve your family, friends, work colleagues, or other people and groups you know in your special way of helping.

It’s up to you what you do.

Thank you for helping children.

The Children's Home Society of New Jersey
635 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611
Phone: (609) 695-6274 - Fax: (609) 394-5769