Basic Needs

The mission of the Basic Needs Committee is to do as Jesus did; to reach out and serve our brothers and sisters in need. Through this committee, our parish community is asked to help provide for the needs of those in our region and globally who are less fortunate. Our outreach efforts are described below.

Contact: Amanda Stevens, 732-741-1714 x44

Year Round

Food Pantry
Chair: Jo Heath
Parishioners are invited to donate non-perishable food items, such as canned and dried goods and place them in the boxes at all entrances of the Church for distribution to local individuals and families in need.

If you would like to volunteer in our food pantry, click here.

Lunch Break
Chairs: Bill and Linda Gesell, Mary Haynes, Kathy Ramirez
On the Thursday before the third Friday of each month, parish volunteers gather in the parish hall kitchen at 8:30am to prepare a meal to be served at Lunch Break in Red Bank. On the third Friday of each month, parish volunteers serve the clients at Lunch Break at 5:30pm.

Meals for The Center in Asbury Park
Chair: Mary Beth Bull
Parishioners are invited to take single serve containers from the church office pantry, fill them with a nutritious meal, and return to the freezer in the church office pantry. A volunteer will transport them to The Center in Asbury Park.

Supporting Our Troops
Chair: Bill Gesell
We support our troops by sending care packages to those deployed overseas. Parishioners are invited to support our troops by donating snacks, toiletries, comic books, etc., to the boxes located at the Church entrances. Financial assistance is also welcomed. We also network with other organizations in Central Jersey to gather items to send and obtain the majority of the financial support needed to cover the cost associated with sending packages. Volunteers gather the donations and pack them up for shipment about every two weeks.

Helping Those in Need
Chairs: Sandra DelMonaco, Raquel Falotico, Bill Gesell
Basic Needs Committee volunteers assist the needy from within Nativity Parish and in Eastern Monmouth County with the essentials of daily living by partnering with other churches, organizations and charities to maximize impact.

Seasonal

School Supplies
Chair: Mary Beth Bull
In late summer, we collect school supplies for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Supplies may be placed in bins located in the church lobby.

Box of Joy
Chair: Annie DiDomenico
In October, we collect shoe boxes filled with toys for distribution over the holidays. We support children in 3rd world countries through Cross Catholic Outreach.

Advent Project
Chairs: Mary Haynes, Jo Heath, Tammy McKenna
Ornaments created by parish teens are offered for sale during the 4 weeks of Advent. Donations received are distributed to a local charity.

This year we will be selling Christmas Ornaments that will benefit Covenant House. We ask that 2 volunteers sign up to sell ornaments. 8th Graders will also be helping. The sale will take place after each Mass at the back of the church and the side door by the sacristy. Instructions and details will be emailed to those who sign up.

If you would like to volunteer to sell ornaments, click here.

Senior Citizen Christmas Gifts
Chair: Kathy Ramirez
During Advent, wrapped Christmas gifts for senior citizens are donated by parishioners and placed under the Christmas Tree located in the Church. Gifts are distributed to local nursing homes.

Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Food Baskets
Chair: Amanda Stevens
During the weeks leading up to these holiday seasons, Basic Needs collects non-perishable items as well as frozen turkeys and hams to create holiday baskets which are distributed to local friends and families in need.

Fifth Sunday Collection/Poor Boxes/Candle Donations
The Basic Needs Committee’s primary source of funds to support our efforts to help individuals in need comes from the Basic Needs collection conducted on the fifth Sunday (approximately four times a year), the three poor boxes located inside of the Church, candle donations, and donations made directly to the Basic Needs Committee.