Care Packages

COMMUNITY supports folks in need of a variety of care packages by providing tangible and intangible support.

Care Package Counter: 2,042

  • Chemo Care Packages: We support patients undergoing rigorous chemotherapy sessions by providing them with care packages including snacks, activities, toiletries, and more.
  • Hospital Care Packages: We support patients and their families by providing them with care packages including snacks, activities, toiletries, and more.
  • Hygiene Kits: We provide numerous groups with hygiene kits including necessary toiletries and hygiene items, snacks, and activities.
  • Infant Care Packages: We provide new mothers with key essential baby items including clothing, diapers, wipes, bottles, and more.
  • Migrant Workers' Care Packages: Every summer, South Jersey hosts ~6,000 migrant workers during the blueberry harvest from mid-June through late July. About 1,600 of these workers are of Haitian descent, many of them traveling here by bus from their homes in southern Florida. About 4,400 Hispanic workers travel from Mexico, Central America, and other states within the US.Teens and adults work tirelessly in the fields, in the heat of the day, seven days a week, to help deliver fresh berries to our tables. School-aged children attend a migrant education program five days a week. There is a separate migrant education program in the evenings, for youth up through age 21. A few of the younger adults are enrolled in college and are working during the summer to help pay their tuition. To learn more, visit Migrant Worker Outreach (MWO).

    Additionally, The Gloucester County Special Services School District (GCSSSD) works with the children of migrant farm workers throughout the summer months. Participating students receive daily classroom instruction, transportation, enrichment activities, nutritious meals, and extensive health and support services. After-school camp care is also offered and features daily swimming and water safety instruction, as well as boating, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and other sports and games.
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July 2019

100 hygiene kits including toiletries, hygiene items, snacks, cards, personalized notes, and more were assembled over the span of 2 hours. Hygiene kits were distributed to Center for Family Services - Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) serving victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and sex trafficking, as well as to youth in need in Philadelphia through Youth Service, Inc. 50 infant care packages including diapers, clothing, bottles, personalized notes, and more were assembled for new mothers in need at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, NJ.

June 2019

50 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled for hospitalized patients and their families at Lourdes Hospitals.
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May 2019

With the help of volunteers and donors, COMMUNITY, Comcast, and MWO assembled 515 care packages assembled 515 care packages for migrant farm workers and their families. We are so grateful to Comcast for partnering with us on Comcast Cares Day to co-host this event! MWO distributed the items in early June, when the workers arrived by bus to begin the blueberry harvest.
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April 2019

50 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled for hospitalized patients and their families at Lourdes Hospitals.
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March 2019

With the help of over 50 volunteers, 160 care packages and 13 no-sew fleece blankets were assembled in record time! 100 hygiene kits including toiletries, hygiene items, snacks, cards, personalized notes, and more were assembled. Hygiene kits were distributed to CASA of Cumberland serving foster children in Gloucester and Salem counties, as well as to youth in need in Philadelphia through Youth Service, Inc. 60 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The care packages, along with 40 blanket and hat sets, were donated to Penn Hematology/Oncology and Virtua​'s Infusion Center in Voorhees.

December 2018

100 hygiene kits including toiletries, hygiene items, snacks, cards, personalized notes, and more were assembled over the span of 2 hours. Hygiene kits were distributed to CASA of Cumberland serving foster children in Gloucester and Salem counties, as well as to families in need in Camden through Joseph's House of Camden and Cherry Hill through JFCS of Southern New Jersey.

October 2018

50 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled for hospitalized patients and their families at Lourdes Hospitals by the residents of Artis Senior Living of Evesham.

September 2018

63 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. 50 infant care packages including diapers, clothing, bottles, personalized notes, and more were assembled for new mothers in need. Both sets of care packages will be distributed at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, NJ.

May 2018

With the help of volunteers and donors, COMMUNITY and MWO assembled 300 care packages for migrant farm workers and their families. We are so grateful for our donors and volunteers--many of whom were fasting--for spending their Saturday afternoon assembling first aid kits, scooping laundry detergent, assembling snack packs, and so much more! MWO distributed the items in early June, when the workers arrived by bus to begin the blueberry harvest.
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March 2018

50 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were distributed to hospitalized patients and their families at Lourdes Hospitals.

February 2018

50 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled and will be distributed to hospitalized patients and their families at Lourdes Hospitals.

November 2017

November was a busy month for the volunteers of COMMUNITY SJP!

We kicked off the month by distributing 50 care packages to hospitalized patients and their families. 30 care packages were distributed to patients of 5 nursing units at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ on 11/6/17, and 20 care packages were distributed to patients of 4 nursing units at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro, NJ on 11/13/17.

The volunteers put a smile on the faces of 50 patients, when a knock on their door surprised them with warm-smiled volunteers who offered a bag of treats and supplies. These care packages aimed to provide comfort and ease during their time of illness and hospitalization. A big thank you to the fantastic nursing staff of all 9 units for their help in successfully delivering all 50 care packages. The distributions would not have been possible without everyone’s dedication and willingness to help.

The contents of the packages were supplied by the Lourdes Marketing Department and by generous COMMUNITY SJP donors. The packages were assembled by COMMUNITY volunteers earlier this year. Contents included: toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more.
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48 care packages including baby toiletries, spoons, breast feeding kits, diapers, clothing, and more were simultaneously assembled for new mothers in need. These care packages were distributed to mothers with new babies at Virtua Women's Center.
A huge thank you to LourdesCare for allowing us use of their conference room for this event!

August 2017

50 care packages including toiletries, snacks, activity books, personalized notes, and more were assembled and distributed to hospitalized patients and their families at LourdesCare in Cherry Hill. A huge thank you to LourdesCare for allowing us use of their conference room for this event!

May 2017

With the help of volunteers and donors, COMMUNITY and MWO assembled 300 care packages and collected several dozen new bandanas and socks for migrant farm workers and their families. Care packages consisted of detergents, mini-first aid packs, toiletries, and much more! MWO distributed the items in early June, when the workers arrived by bus to begin the blueberry harvest.
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November 2016

About 15 volunteers assembled and distributed welcome bags for 21 local refugee families. Each bag included a welcome letter, a gift card to a grocery store, a variety of household cleaning supplies, toiletries, and nonperishable food items, as well as toys for children.
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