For the 2021 holiday season, the Youth Department Mission Project of Good Neighbor Baptist Church (GNBC) in Newark provided Walmart gift cards for eight families identified by New Community’s Family Resource Success Center. The church donated ShopRite gift cards for families in 2020. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Department held a meet-and-greet with families in November and a Christmas party in December where they served the families breakfast, had a program with area youth and sent families home with Christmas gifts. We thank Trustee Mary Thomas, Director of the GNBC Youth Department; Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, Assistant Director of the GNBC Youth Department; and all those who participated for making the holidays a little brighter for area families.
Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura’s Office makes it possible every year for New Community’s Family Resource Success Center to provide holiday joy to children of families who call upon the center for help with services. The Sheriff’s Office has provided generous donations of toys every year for over 10 years and the 2021 holiday season was no exception. We truly appreciate the partnership, which helps bring smiles to children’s faces on Christmas morning.
Photos: New Community’s Family Resource Success Center identified the Jones-Smith family (two individuals), the Coleman-Brewer family (four individuals) and the Bishop family (five individuals) as recipients of Walmart gift cards from the Youth Department Mission Project of Good Neighbor Baptist Church in Newark. The church provided the gift cards for the holidays so families could purchase items that they wanted. Photos courtesy of Mary Thomas.