Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey

   Social Justice and Concerns Ministries

Giving Tree
Jean Baker
(732) 446-4395

Thirty plus years ago one of the fifth grade Religious Education teachers invited someone associated with Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital to speak to her class on acceptance and tolerance of those persons with special needs, be they mental or physical.

The class was so impressed by the presentation they decided to pursue the topic. They decided to host a Christmas party for the residents of one of the cottages at the hospital. They purchased and wrapped gifts and hosted a party for residents at the hospital. Word of the plan spread to other classes and soon additional classes participated. In two years time the project grew and the entire Parish became involved. The Giving Tree was born! When Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital closed, nursing homes and rest homes were assisted, as well as the clients of ARC. Today we also assist clients of a soup kitchen in Freehold, Epiphany House in Asbury Park and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The St. Thomas More Giving Tree has survived and grown. A couple of years ago individuals took on the task as individuals and the Parish continues to support the project. Effective this year, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has taken over coordination, thereby ensuring the continuation as long as the needs are present.

A branch of the Giving Tree is the Holiday Collection for Birthright of Freehold, conducted by the Religions Formation classes and Bridges Nursery school. This is the third year for this project, and the spirit of giving continues!

Samaritan Center
Anthony Morelli

A joint Ministry of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church & Old Tennent Presbyterian Church

The Samaritan Center, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) interfaith agency that provides food to the poor and disadvantaged in our area. Assistance is provided to people in need regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, mental or physical impairment, national origin or military status. Based upon objective criteria, applicants are pre-qualified and are assigned a specific day of the week to pick up food packages. The Center is open for food pick up on Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am - 11:30am and Saturday from 9:30am - 11:00am.

The Center operates under the direction of an eleven member Board of Trustees. The daily tasks of the Center are performed by an all volunteer staff. Volunteer tasks consist mainly of stocking shelves with food, rotating stock and packaging food for pick up by clients. A member of the board is usually on site to assist volunteers and supervise the daily operation.

Monetary and food donations are gratefully accepted to support the operation of the Center. Food is also purchased on a regular basis from the Monmouth County Food Bank in Neptune.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer staff or, if you would like to make a donation, please call the Center directly at 732-446-1142.

Mailing Address:          Physical Address:
P.O. Box 218                 211 Route 522
Tennent, NJ 07763         Tennent, NJ 07763

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