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Homefirst Recap – September and October 2019

Homefirst Recap – September and October 2019

Partners & Volunteers Help Our Homefirst Families

September
Jack and Jill Drive to Support Our Single Moms & Families in Need
The Greater Union County Chapter of Jack and Jill organized a drive to collect baby and feminine products for our families served at Homefirst. Thankfully, Jack and Jill donated a total of 204 items, including 126 baby care, 65 feminine products, and 13 hygiene items.
We are grateful to them for finding ways to reach out to their friends and families to collect.
Sunrise Living Residents Build Baby Diaper Towers
Many of the residents at Sunrise Senior Living, located in nearby Mountainside, New Jersey, collected and prepared arrangements of baby care items to deliver to our parents.
These items included baby diapers towers in various sizes. What a cute surprise for many of our moms.
Moms Attend Maternal Health Workshops
Homefirst developed a series of workshops on Maternal Health with Nurse Gerry Welch, Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The workshop series focused on: Women’s Health, Prenatal Health, Baby Care, and Postnatal Care.
Participants learned a variety of strategies to get and stay healthy for both themselves and their babies and young children. The moms also received items, resources and information to take home with them and continue learning.
October
Wine Tasting Serves as Kick-off to Holiday Fundraising Season
To kick-off our annual end-of-year fundraising season, Homefirst hosted its first “Wine and Dine” event at Old York Cellars in Ringoes, NJ. Homefirst board members and staff, gathered together with their friends and family to enjoy an evening of live jazz entertainment, wine tastings, and a fabulous dinner.
Trunk or Treat Meets Many Smiles
From angels to superheroes to butterflies, the children in the Homefirst community kicked-off Halloween at Homefirst’s Trunk or Treat.  Over 60 costumes were donated to Homefirst by the Serna family of Cranford. Volunteers from Watchung Hills Regional High School donated and passed out candy for the event.
Moms Come Back to Attend Wellness Workshops
Homefirst continued the series of workshops on Wellness with Nurse Gerry Welch, Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The workshop series focused on Fitness, Nutrition, Mental Well-Being, and Health Services.