On Monday, November 21st 2011, we put your Joshua House Ministries donations to use by working with Joshua House to distribute the food collected in our Thanksgiving food drive. The drive exceeded the expectations of the Joshua House and 105 families of Farmingdale and Howell, New Jersey were assisted.
Earlier this year when planning the Credit Union’s 75th Anniversary celebration, First Financial’s COO, Alice Stevens approached Accounts Payable Clerk, Betty Bono hoping to be of service to the Joshua House, knowing that Betty has been working with the Joshua House for several years and that it was an important service organization within our local community.
“Alice said to me, we want to do something to help the Joshua House for the holidays and in honor of our 75th Anniversary this year,” Betty said. “With all the other agencies out there that needed assistance, I was very appreciative that the Credit Union chose Joshua House.”
Betty has been volunteering with the Joshua House since 2004 and currently serves as their secretary. She also said that in working with the Joshua House, you get a first hand perspective on the need in the community.
“A lot of people know that needs are out there but until they actually experience it, they don’t know the severity of it,” Betty said. “Because of First Financial’s generous donations of food and turkeys, we exceeded our Thanksgiving needs for food and we have enough leftover for the December holidays.”
First Financial’s Marketing Manager, Jessica Revoir was another one of the volunteers at Joshua House on November 21st, distributing Thanksgiving basket items. She said that as often as possible, the Credit Union likes to give back to the local community and that this experience was special because she was able to go out to the Joshua House and work to directly assist families firsthand.
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First Financial’s Business Development Director, Kathy Zimmer and Business Development Officer Megan Shull, also assisted other volunteers at the Joshua House by unloading vehicles, organizing food, and distributing items to families on November 21st.
Joshua House Ministries serving Howell and Farmingdale, collects food, clothing, towels, sheets, toiletries, and more. To learn more about this charitable Monmouth County organization and how you can donate during designated hours and days of the week, http://www.piercememorial.com/joshua.htm” target=”_blank”>visit their website.