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2021: More families need your help to celebrate the holidays this year, says NJ 211

2021: More families need your help to celebrate the holidays this year, says NJ 211

Nearly 400 applications, more than $25,000 in donations and contributions from over half of the municipalities in Burlington County.  Those numbers show where Give A Christmas — the Burlington County Times’ annual program that provides struggling families with funds to help them buy presents — stands with just 30 days until Santa comes to town. Last year, the Times distributed $59,600 to Burlington County families, according to executive editor Audrey Harvin.  So far, NJ … Continue reading "2021: More families need your help to celebrate the holidays this year, says NJ 211" ...
2021: Push through fears of asking for help, say past Give A Christmas recipients. Here’s how.

2021: Push through fears of asking for help, say past Give A Christmas recipients. Here’s how.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That is the advice many past Give A Christmas recipients would share with those unsure of applying to the Burlington County Times’ holiday gift assistance fund this year. “I think a lot of people are scared to let people know their story,” said Crystal Pfeiffer, a single mom … Continue reading "2021: Push through fears of asking for help, say past Give A Christmas recipients. Here’s how." ...
2021: COVID, Cancer and Slime: How Give A Christmas helped one family celebrate in 2020

2021: COVID, Cancer and Slime: How Give A Christmas helped one family celebrate in 2020

While the world grappled with how to stay safe during the pandemic, Autum Moyer also had to account for another medical situation: her 14-year-old daughter’s cancer diagnosis. Facing financial struggles and helping take care of her father who also had cancer, she turned to the Give A Christmas program to help get gifts for her daughter as well as her two sons. More: 2021 Give A Christmas program will … Continue reading "2021: COVID, Cancer and Slime: How Give A Christmas helped one family celebrate in 2020" ...
2021: Give A Christmas helped family welcome adopted son, buy gifts despite hardships in 2020

2021: Give A Christmas helped family welcome adopted son, buy gifts despite hardships in 2020

This time last year, despite battling the hardships of the pandemic, Ronald and Sarah Garrett adopted a 12-year-old boy into their family. The Give A Christmas program helped them give him and their other three children presents come Christmas morning. “It really helped out, especially last year with COVID and everything,” said Sarah Garrett. “We had COVID around Christmastime, so we couldn’t even really spend Christmas with (our … Continue reading "2021: Give A Christmas helped family welcome adopted son, buy gifts despite hardships in 2020" ...
2021: Give A Christmas program gives more than financial support, it gives hope

2021: Give A Christmas program gives more than financial support, it gives hope

Open your refrigerator. Go ahead, I’ll wait. OK, what do you see? Milk? Juice? Fruit? Vegetables? Eggs? Cheese? Chicken? Steak? More? A food repository teeming with nutritional goodness. Now, open your cupboard. You know, the one above the bread box housing sliced, Italian, rolls, maybe some doughnuts. I’m certain there’s a logjam of canned fruits and vegetables, packets of rice and … Continue reading "2021: Give A Christmas program gives more than financial support, it gives hope" ...
2021: Give A Christmas program will help families in need during second pandemic holidays

2021: Give A Christmas program will help families in need during second pandemic holidays

For 53 years, the Burlington County Times has helped families in need during the holidays. As the second pandemic holiday season approaches, the Give A Christmas program is back to help families celebrate. The Times and its partner NJ 211 — a nonprofit that connects people with community resources that provide living necessities — will begin accepting applications for assistance and … Continue reading "2021: Give A Christmas program will help families in need during second pandemic holidays" ...
2020: Burlington County residents show generosity during 2020 Give A Christmas program

2020: Burlington County residents show generosity during 2020 Give A Christmas program

This holiday season, the people of Burlington County are giving plenty of Christmases to their fellow residents. More than 100 residents, businesses and organizations have made donations to the 2020 Give A Christmas program. They have given over $12,000 combined, or enough for 200 plus $50 Walmart gift cards for families in need. Families can … Continue reading "2020: Burlington County residents show generosity during 2020 Give A Christmas program" ...
2020: Giving Tuesday more important than ever this year

2020: Giving Tuesday more important than ever this year

Every year, the Burlington County Times’ Give A Christmas program helps families in need. In this year of the coronavirus pandemic, that classification includes more county families than ever, according to Food Bank of South Jersey officials, who have seen an unprecedented spike in first-time food recipients. This year’s Giving Tuesday offers a chance to help … Continue reading "2020: Giving Tuesday more important than ever this year" ...
2020: NJ 211 wants to “help even more people” during Give A Christmas

2020: NJ 211 wants to “help even more people” during Give A Christmas

In 2019, the Burlington County Times partnered with NJ 211, a nonprofit organization that helps people cover their basic needs, for its annual Give A Christmas program. NJ 211’s texting application made it easier for families in need to apply for gift cards, and it helped lead to a holiday season in which 329 county … Continue reading "2020: NJ 211 wants to “help even more people” during Give A Christmas" ...
2020: How to apply for Give A Christmas gift cards this year: A step-by-step guide

2020: How to apply for Give A Christmas gift cards this year: A step-by-step guide

There are only 12 days left to apply for a $50 Walmart gift card from the Burlington County Times’ 2020 Give A Christmas program. The BCT and NJ 211, the nonprofit organization helping to coordinate the effort, are accepting applications through Nov. 20. A family can receive up to four $50 gift cards, one per child and, … Continue reading "2020: How to apply for Give A Christmas gift cards this year: A step-by-step guide" ...
2020: What can Give A Christmas recipients buy with $50 Walmart gift cards?

2020: What can Give A Christmas recipients buy with $50 Walmart gift cards?

Donations are under way for the Burlington County Times’ 2020 Give A Christmas campaign, and this year’s money will be put toward $50 Walmart gift cards for families in need. For eligible county families, two parents can receive one gift card between them and each kid can get his or her own, up to four cards … Continue reading "2020: What can Give A Christmas recipients buy with $50 Walmart gift cards?" ...
2020 Give A Christmas program will help families in need this holiday season

2020 Give A Christmas program will help families in need this holiday season

WESTAMPTON — For more than 50 years, the Burlington County Times has been helping families in need during the holidays. In 2020, the Give A Christmas program is back for yet another holiday season. The BCT and its partner in the effort, NJ 211, a nonprofit organization that helps people find    community resources for life’s … Continue reading "2020 Give A Christmas program will help families in need this holiday season" ...
2019 Burlington County families helping neighbors through “Give A Christmas”

2019 Burlington County families helping neighbors through “Give A Christmas”

Every contribution to “Give A Christmas” has a story. Some do it simply in the spirit of generosity. Some want to honor loved ones. Some are even looking to pay the good deed forward now. WESTAMPTON — The holiday season can be difficult for some families, whether they’re coping with financial struggles or grief. Nancy … Continue reading "2019 Burlington County families helping neighbors through “Give A Christmas”" ...
2019 On Giving Tuesday, you can Give A Christmas to local families in need

2019 On Giving Tuesday, you can Give A Christmas to local families in need

With less than a month until Christmas, there’s still time to make a donation to or seek help from The Burlington County Times’ annual “Give A Christmas” initiative. WESTAMPTON — First comes Thanksgiving. Then come some of the biggest retail days of the year: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. And after that … Continue reading "2019 On Giving Tuesday, you can Give A Christmas to local families in need" ...
2019 Give A Christmas delivers the holidays to Burlington County families

2019 Give A Christmas delivers the holidays to Burlington County families

The campaign has provided aid to thousands of Burlington County residents over the years, including grieving families, single parents, individuals recovering from addictions and people with disabilities. WESTAMPTON — The Burlington County Times’ annual Give A Christmas initiative with NJ 2-1-1 is underway, and it’s not too late to donate to help a neighbor who’s … Continue reading "2019 Give A Christmas delivers the holidays to Burlington County families" ...
2019 Fitzgerald: Revamped Give A Christmas still committed to local residents

2019 Fitzgerald: Revamped Give A Christmas still committed to local residents

Already Burlington County Times readers are showing up big in donating to our expanded Give A Christmas program. And as always, we appreciate it, especially getting 2019 off to a quick start. We started the program two weeks earlier than usual because we changed several of our processes and added NJ 211 as a resource … Continue reading "2019 Fitzgerald: Revamped Give A Christmas still committed to local residents" ...
2019: Who is NJ 2-1-1? Five things to know about the BCT’s ‘Give A Christmas’ partner

2019: Who is NJ 2-1-1? Five things to know about the BCT’s ‘Give A Christmas’ partner

The “Give A Christmas” initiative has helped families in need for more than 50 years, raising more than $3 million in donations. Through a partnership with NJ 2-1-1, the Burlington County Times hopes to make a longer-lasting impact. WESTAMPTON — In early November, the Burlington County Times announced the introduction of a revamped Give A … Continue reading "2019: Who is NJ 2-1-1? Five things to know about the BCT’s ‘Give A Christmas’ partner" ...
2019 Fitzgerald: BCT to revamp, expand Give A Christmas program

2019 Fitzgerald: BCT to revamp, expand Give A Christmas program

Our Burlington County Times Give A Christmas campaign was started by the Ellis family in 1968 and has raised more than $3 million over the course of its existence, including more than $57,000 last year. We are extraordinarily proud to have made that tangible an impact in this community for more than 50 years, in … Continue reading "2019 Fitzgerald: BCT to revamp, expand Give A Christmas program" ...
2019 Give A Christmas to help struggling families during the holidays

2019 Give A Christmas to help struggling families during the holidays

Over more than 50 years, The Burlington County Times has raised about $3 million to help families in need for the holidays. This year, the paper is teaming up with NJ 2-1-1 to make a more lasting impact. WESTAMPTON — The Burlington County Times’ annual Give A Christmas program is back for another year. The … Continue reading "2019 Give A Christmas to help struggling families during the holidays" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Edgewater Park grandmother worried Christmas won’t be merry for her family

2018 Give A Christmas: Edgewater Park grandmother worried Christmas won’t be merry for her family

EDGEWATER PARK — A grandmother who recently lost her son has taken it upon herself to raise the 3-year-old daughter he left behind. She’s also raising her two other young granddaughters for her other son, who’s currently in rehab to combat his drug addiction. The girls’ mother also uses drugs, leaving the grandmother to look … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Edgewater Park grandmother worried Christmas won’t be merry for her family" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Mother recovering from addiction strives to make Christmas bright

2018 Give A Christmas: Mother recovering from addiction strives to make Christmas bright

MAPLE SHADE — The day a mother’s two young boys were taken away from her was the same day she decided to turn her life around. Her grandmother received custody of her sons, but the mother’s rights to her children were suspended. “That’s what it took for me to get sober,” the mother wrote to the … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Mother recovering from addiction strives to make Christmas bright" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Burlington Township mother seeks help to make holidays bright

2018 Give A Christmas: Burlington Township mother seeks help to make holidays bright

BURLINGTON CITY — As she struggles to pay rent, a single mother in Burlington Township isn’t sure how she’ll afford Christmas gifts for her four children this year. “I work so hard to give my children a life, but something always happens to break our spirits,” the mother wrote in a letter to the Give A … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Burlington Township mother seeks help to make holidays bright" ...
Fitzgerald: 2018 Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need

Fitzgerald: 2018 Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need

One of the points of pride we have as a newspaper is that we really do exist to serve our community. Bringing readers local news is Job No. 1, of course, but we do feel a responsibility beyond that. Perhaps the most tangible example of what that means to us has been our decades-long commitment … Continue reading "Fitzgerald: 2018 Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Campaign helps struggling families during holidays

2018 Give A Christmas: Campaign helps struggling families during holidays

It only takes a little to bring a big smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning. Such is the mission of the annual Give A Christmas campaign, a joint effort by the Burlington County Times and Willingboro Rotary Club which collects and distributes monetary donations to assist struggling local families at the holidays. Since … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Campaign helps struggling families during holidays" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro children fear not seeing mother for Christmas

2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro children fear not seeing mother for Christmas

By Danielle DeSisto: It’s been over a year since three children in Willingboro have seen their mother. Their parents recently divorced, and it’s been tough for the kids to adjust to not having her around. Their father tries his best to lift their spirits, but after losing his job several months ago, it’s been increasingly … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro children fear not seeing mother for Christmas" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Mount Holly mother struggles to make Christmas bright for children

2018 Give A Christmas: Mount Holly mother struggles to make Christmas bright for children

By Danielle DeSisto: MOUNT HOLLY — Over the past few years, a Mount Holly mother has finally found her footing. She works a decent job and makes just enough money to support her 17-year-old son and 10-year old daughter. But it’s been challenging to give her children everything she feels they deserve on a single … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Mount Holly mother struggles to make Christmas bright for children" ...

2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro mother, children spend holidays in motel

By Danielle DeSisto: WILLINGBORO — A single mother in the township never imagined she’d be living in a motel with her three young children at the holidays. Up until recently, the family was living with the mother’s sister. They were asked to leave when the sister’s boyfriend moved in. It’s been difficult to afford food … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro mother, children spend holidays in motel" ...

2018 Give A Christmas: Mother and baby may be without a home for the holidays

By Danielle DeSisto: During the first 33 days of her daughter’s life, a Burlington mother was filled with fear and pain rather than joy. Her baby was born with a serious respiratory condition and spent over a month in the hospital. But the infant’s father left while her mother was recovering from a cesarean section, … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Mother and baby may be without a home for the holidays" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Riverside couple struggle to brighten holidays for kids

2018 Give A Christmas: Riverside couple struggle to brighten holidays for kids

By Danielle DeSisto: Most days, a Riverside couple and their three children go to bed hungry. The father holds down two jobs while the mother stays home to care for their two sons, ages 11 and 9, and 2-year-old daughter, who has special needs. It’s been difficult enough to keep up with mortgage, health insurance … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Riverside couple struggle to brighten holidays for kids" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro family copes with loss at the holidays

2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro family copes with loss at the holidays

By Danielle DeSisto: A Willingboro father never expected to be raising four children on his own. His wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June, and the disease took her three months later. She left behind three daughters, ages 13, 9 and 6, and a 4-year-old son. The father has taken on a second job … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Willingboro family copes with loss at the holidays" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: Riverside family seeks help in giving children a joyful Christmas

2018 Give A Christmas: Riverside family seeks help in giving children a joyful Christmas

By Danielle DeSisto: After her husband got injured at work, a Riverside mother has struggled to provide for her three young children. From keeping up with mortgage bills to fighting with her health insurance company, the mother feels as if she is drowning. But her children inspire her each day to persevere. “My kids have … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: Riverside family seeks help in giving children a joyful Christmas" ...
2018 Give A Christmas campaign helps struggling families at the holidays

2018 Give A Christmas campaign helps struggling families at the holidays

By Danielle DeSisto: With the holidays approaching, the Burlington County Times and Willingboro Rotary Club are kicking off their annual Give A Christmas campaign to help needy families make the season bright for their children. Now in its 50th year, the fund hopes to raise $80,000 to ease the burden of gift buying during the holidays … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas campaign helps struggling families at the holidays" ...
2018 Milestone years for Give A Christmas

2018 Milestone years for Give A Christmas

By Shane Fitzgerald: This is a milestone year for our Give A Christmas program. It’s been 50 years for the Burlington County Times, 60 years for the Bucks County Courier Times and 30 years for The Intelligencer and together, the papers and — most importantly our readers — have raised significant money mostly through small … Continue reading "2018 Milestone years for Give A Christmas" ...

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