The week that is! Starting Tonight


Tis’ officially the giving season in Hoboken! 

Not only is today Giving Tuesday, but it is also the day we light up Hoboken’s Christmas Tree, a day we can donate toys to the Hoboken Police Sgt Peter Zanin Toy Drive and a week that will close with the lighting of Hudson County’s Christmas Tree Lighting in Columbus Park this Friday. 
Whether you have kids or not, this event brings out the kid in all of us and you can’t help but smile and be jolly!  Hosted by the city and the Hoboken Business Alliance, the program starts at 5pm at 11th and Washington. The festivities, which will take place at 11th and Washington Streets and will feature Elvis the Elf, live performances by Hoboken youth, and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus.   Dress warm - because it won’t get out of the thirties today – but free Hot Cocoa and baked good will be provided by local businesses. Also, if you have any non-perishable food items or shower supplies, bot the Hoboken Community Center Food Pantry and the Hoboken Shelter will have booths where you can drop off donations.
Finally – for the first time (I think), the City will also provide free HOP shuttle service to and from the tree lighting. Pickup will begin at 330pm at the Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand St. and stop at the locations with «’s on the map below.  Following the end of the tree lighting, pickup will be at 12th and Washington Streets.
The Hoboken Police and Fire Departments have done an annual toy drive for years and in 2020, after the sudden passing of beloved Police Sgt. Pete Zanin, known for his charitable work, the annual effort was renamed in his honor.  The Toy Drive collects new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for families in need that will be donated to the Grace Church for its annual Christmas Exchange.  YOU CAN DROP TOYS OFF TONIGHT AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY – look for the Hoboken PD tent.  Otherwise, see below on where and when you can drop of toys through December 13th  including the convenient location for 2nd Ward residents at the uptown Firehouse at 1313 Washington.   #BeHoboken #HobokenGood4Good #ForTheKids.
Another lovely tradition is the Christmas Tree lighting at Columbus Park by Hudson County (did you know that this park is owned / managed by the County?).  The event takes place Friday December 1st, night at 7pm!    
A global day of kindness, generosity, and solidarity to support community non-profits. Here are a few non-profits (I have added a new one) who rely on, and would greatly appreciate donations from you, to help provide their services to our wonderful Hoboken community.  I have made it easy for you – one link to the non-profit to learn more, the next to donate!  Easy peasy (thank you for being generous):
The incredible Dr. Kerry Magro, Hoboken (2nd Ward) Resident, a renowned rolemodel and spokesperson on autism founded this non-profit organization to help countless students with autism pursue their dreams of attending a post-secondary program.
Serving hundreds in our community, the Hoboken Food Pantry relies on financial and food donations and volunteers to help Hoboken residents who are experiencing food insecurities.
Fosters a commitment to youth and teens that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills and reassert sense of hope in the future.
Their mission is to save the environment by finding new homes for gently used and discarded items and what this means is that they link donations of any kind with the not for profit organizations or individuals that need them.  But to be successful and to be able to operate, they also need financial donations to cover the cost of moving and storing items.
The HPEF’s mission is to support Hoboken’s public district schools by elevating and enhancing the public education experience through private funding.
Hoboken’s only one-on-one mentoring program that connects children ages 7 - 17 with caring adult mentors. TRUE stands for True Relationships Unearth Excellence. They believe that through an encouraging relationship children can build confidence and make better life decisions.
The value of this organization in our community goes without saying.  Addressing food insecurities of hundreds of homeless people daily, housing 50 people nightly, and providing training, education and social support to help improve the lives of so many.
Imagine if you had no access to healthcare because you just couldn’t afford it.  Hoboken Family Planning provides reproductive health and cancer screening services for uninsured and low-income women and men with fees based on the ability to pay and no one is ever refused service because of their inability to pay.
Give | St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church ( – designate the lunch time ministry 
Their mission since they opened in the 1970’s is to provide our Hoboken neighbors with a warm meal, a compassionate community, and a peaceful place to spend the morning.
HOPES is committed to addressing the barriers and causes of poverty by empowering individuals and families toward self-sufficiency. They have diverse programs for the entire range of our community from: ​​Expectant Women, Infants and Toddlers, Preschool Children, Youth, Adults, and Seniors.
In Jesus Name was founded in 1981 when the Hoboken Clergy Coalition formed to respond to the various needs of the Hoboken’s most vulnerable neighbors and is tax exempt as a church organization hosted by Our Lady of Grace Church.
The Hoboken Historical Museum advances the understanding and exploration of Hoboken history, culture, and architecture and serves our community as a vibrant, dynamic, all-inclusive and exciting organization that is fully involved in the life of the City of Hoboken.
A real gem in our community, founded in 2003, MST’s mission is to enrich and engage the residents of our community and beyond through the production of professional theatre and innovative arts education.
This is my pet non-profit (no pun intended).  They are a 100% volunteer based organization whose mission is to rescue abandoned and neglected rabbits and place them into loving forever homes in the NYC/Northern NJ area.  I have worked closely with their teams multiple times in and around Hoboken and adopted my two rabbits Mama G and Sam from them last year.  
When I get calls from Hoboken neighbors to help save an injured or orphaned bird, which happens about once per month, this is where I take them.  Their mission is to provide medical care and rehabilitation to native and passing migrant wildlife so that they can be released back into the wild. 
As always, please share this with whomever you think may be interested.  And do not hesitate to reach out at any time to discuss any issue important to you - call or text me at 201-208-1674 or email me at [email protected].
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