At All Saints we believe in the importance of teaching children about giving back to the community by donating both time and money to important causes. Our Empty Bowls Cereal Cafe is one way that students and their families actively participate in giving back to the community by supporting the local food pantry and homeless shelter through an enjoyable fundraising event at the school.
All Saints also encourages all families to participate in our Annual Appeal, which is used to support our financial aid programs and raises money for needed supplies and improvements to the school. All Saints Day School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. If your company has a matching gifts program, we encourage you to take full advantage of your organization’s generosity.
A Sampling of Service Projects at All Saints
Raised $3500 in ticket sales to be donated to the Hoboken Shelter and the St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry Program; families collected $3300 worth of food that was donated to these organizations and the In Jesus’ Name Food Pantry.
For our Thanksgiving drive this year, students collected 255 pairs of new or gently used children’s shoes. We also collected $600 towards the shipping of the shoes. After deducting the cost of shipping, we were able to send a check to the organization for $400. For our Christmas drive, students “sold” shoes to family members, raising a total of $3,526. Designed as a school fundraiser, the school received a check in the amount of $1,410, which was given back to students so that they could experience the act of philanthropy, and could together identify a charitable organization to receive their donation. (Soles4Souls liked our idea so much they asked if they could share it on their website!) Here is a listing of the organizations selected by the students:
- Nursery: $206 to Companion Animal Placement
- Pre-K AM: $406 to Companion Animal Placement
- K-East: $194 Locks for Love
- K-West: $84 to the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
- First: $58 to Liberty Humane Society
- Second: $176 to FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance)
- Third: $80 to Wide Horizons Adoption Agency
- Fourth: $36 the Veterans of Foreign Wars Operation Uplink (support for our troops)
- Fifth: $170 to Liberty Humane Society (along with donations of paper towels, cleaning products, and plastic bags)
Each week students give up their free time to make sandwiches which they then deliver to the St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry Program. Items for lunch are donated by families, and bags contain a sandwich, chips or pretzels, and cookies.
Therapy Dog Visits to Shelter
Every Friday two Fifth Graders accompany Ms. Singleton to the Hoboken Shelter with her Certified Therapy Dog, Lily. In addition to providing companionship, Lily provides a bridge for communication between students and shelter guests.
Each year First Graders host the Waffle Inn, a program that involves turning the Parish Hall into a waffle restaurant. Students apply for jobs (waiter, greeter, cashier, etc.) and classes come for a special treat. This year students charged an optional $1 to be donated to the Sandwich Squad. Students raised $173!
Denim for Dogs
Fifth Graders designed and implemented a program at school whereby faculty members can pay $2 to wear jeans on Fridays. All monies raised were donated to The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey. Students have raised more than $890.
Pre-K Post Office
In the two weeks that the post office was open, all the Pre-K students had an opportunity to work in the center by sorting, delivering and/or selling stamps for the mail. Believe it or not, we processed over 1,200 pieces of mail, and made $80.20!
Fourth Grade Recycling Program
Fourth Grade students have created a way for families to properly dispose of batteries, cell phones, and laptops that when disposed of incorrectly pollute the Earth. Once the items have been donated the students send them to an organization called ‘Phoneraiser.’ In return, students are paid a few dollars for the items they have collected. This money is put towards their end-of-year Cape May school trip.
Students and teachers gathered after school to knit scarves and hats for guests at the Shelter.