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The Branches Center is active daily on Facebook posting needs, thanks, news, events and fundraisers.

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March 26 2020 Sandra Lockhart and Terri
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Radio Interview with Mark Hunter of Coastal Broadcasting for their segment, Homeland Heroes.

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Congratulations to The Branches and Thank you to The Impact Club of Cape May County for choosing The Branches to be a recipient of Event 15 in August 9, 2020 

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Presentation by Sandra Lockhart and Terri Mascione to The Impact Club August 6, 2020

If you are in need of food, or know someone who is, please call Branches at 609-886-5091. It has come to our attention that we are not on the list of food banks for the county. We are operating as a food bank at the present time. We are open Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 9-1. You can stop by to pick up a box of food, or leave a message and we will bring it to you if you don't have transportation. We are here to serve the community at this very difficult time. Please be in touch!


This link is to the article that appeared on the front page of The Herald on May 19. It explores the plight of the homeless during the pandemic. Thank you Bill Barlow for writing such an informative article.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Theresa Mascione Β· June 11 at 12:19 PM Β·

Consider being a part of this great organization. A Voice for the Homeless! This group of volunteers started our Emergency Fund. This fund enables us to provide housing, prescriptions, bus tickets, plane tickets, ID's and many other services for those less fortunate.

I just came from a meeting of A VOICE FOR THE HOMELESS. It was clear, after reviewing some of the needs, we need help. Your help.

We are advocates for the homeless. Their needs must be revealed now to our County' leadership and the voters in our County

The needs: mental health support, adequate temporary housing, distribution of the Homelessness Trust Fund money, overcoming obstacles to social services.

Required: research county and township budgets, research public vagrancy laws, letter writing, educating ourselves about bail reform, attending meetings as observers; attending our once monthly meeting for support and idea sharing.

WHEN: Second Thursday of month, 10 :00 am. We meet via Zoom these days.

IF INTERESTED: Send email to me at hnblair@msn.com.

Chillin Pineapple came by Branches again yesterday and left us with lots of delicious pineapple. We love that you donate this pineapple instead of throwing it away. You are πŸ₯‡in our book for being aware of those in need and doing something about it.
Stop by #chillinpineapple in Wildwood for your favorite summertime treats!

How blessed are we at Branches that so many wonderful folks read our posts and respond
to our needs πŸ˜‡.The donation table was no sooner placed outside yesterday morning when our faithful friend George pulled up with a car load of much needed supplies. He is a long time supporter of our efforts to feed those in need. Thank you β€.
The Stone Harbor Yacht Club came by with another huge donation of all of the things that we need on a daily basis. We are so grateful to count you among the faithful βš“οΈβ€οΈβš“οΈ.
Marcy delivered some really great crafts for the kids that we serve on a weekly basis. This is such a difficult time for kids. School is in question and they have been confined for months now. Thanks to folks like Marcy, we have been able to supply them with fun activities over the summer months. Stay tuned, we are planning a special event for all our kids!!! TY πŸ₯‡πŸ‘­β€πŸ‘¬β€οΈ
Just as we were closing, a breathless Cleve and Phyllis pulled up. We were more than happy to see them and receive all of the supplies they had for us. They are among the faithful who are dedicated to our mission at Branches. We are so grateful β€β­οΈβ€.
The need is growing. We are making regular deliveries to the motels where families live. However, more folks are calling and coming to our door in need of food. Thanks to all of you who are partnering with us in an effort to make sure that no one goes hungry. β€οΈπŸ™β€οΈ

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β· 6d Β·

Our post is storm delayed β›ˆ, however we do have folks to thank for their support of Branches.
We want the lady who comes regularly from Central Park Farm Market to know how much our folks enjoy
the fresh produce she brings us πŸ…πŸ‘πŸŒ½πŸ₯”πŸŒΆ.
To the very kind person who handed us a red envelope on Monday, many thanks for your generosity πŸ˜‡.
Someone left us plarm mats at the Thrift Shop. We want you to know that we received them and are so very glad to have them. For those who don't know, plarm mats are mats made from plastic bags and can be placed under a sleeping bag to keep it dry. What a really great idea. Many thanks!
To all of the nuns and good folks at St. John of God, St. Raymond's and St. John Newman, we cannot thank you enough for all of the wonderful frozen meals that you prepare and deliver. They are just perfect for so many of our folks. What a labor of love ❀.
Of course, our post would not be complete without a list of the things that we need. If you are coming our way and can drop off any of the following, we would be most grateful...bread, juice, baby wipes, adult diapers( L and XL,) jelly, tuna, mayo, spaghetti sauce and Boost, or any high protein drink.
Thanks to all of you who faithfully support our mission at Branches.

It was a busy week at Branches. We are working with a reduced staff, so if we failed to acknowledge your donation, please forgive us.
We do want to thank Liam and Maeve Stanford from Seaville for the wonderful blessing bags. They are packed with all of the things that our folks need. We so appreciate your thoughtful spirit and the time it took for you to gather all items and create the bags. This is just another example of how how individuals find different ways to care for those who are without and struggling. β€οΈπŸ˜‡β€οΈπŸ™β€
Thank you Kathy Taylor for all of the grocery items you delivered to Branches. The need is great. Your donation makes our job easier πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€
Lisa, you and your wonderful group of friends have done it again. The cosmetic bags you filled and gave to Branches are so appreciated. What a lovely thing to do. Many thanks πŸ’„πŸ’‹πŸ’…πŸ˜.
Listening to the national news makes us even more aware that things are going to become more difficult for so many. At Branches we are already seeing an increase in the demand for food. We are determined to meet the need, but we need your help. Please continue to partner with us in an effort to care for those in need. Check our Facebook page for the items we are low on.
❀️❀️Thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts❀❀

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β· 1d Β·

Our week at Branches ended with some wonderful donations. Pictured are the homemade muffins and bread prepared by Mary and labeled "Lovin Oven." They are a big hit!
Joan stopped by with a car full of much needed supplies. Thank you so much πŸ₯‡.
And then there is that lovely group of ladies (you know who you are πŸ˜‡,) who faithfully check our Facebook page and drop off exactly what we need ❀.
Chillin' Pineapple brought us a whole bucket full of the most delicious pineapple. They are on the boardwalk in Wildwood. Stop by and tell them that Branches thinks that they are really great for taking the time and effort to supply us with pineapple that would have been thrown away. πŸ‘πŸπŸ‘.
We are so blessed πŸ™.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β·

What a truly AWESOME day for donations at Branches. Thank you Deb Sweeney and the good folks from the Elks 1896 in North Wildwood for the beautiful fresh fruit. It is such a treat for those who don't have access to fresh produce. We so appreciate that you continue to supply us with fresh fruit on a regular basis πŸ™πŸ₯‡πŸŽπŸ“πŸ‡β€οΈ.
St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, thank you so much for all of the Hormel meals! They are such a great item for us to be able to give our folks who only have a microwave. You have been our partner in this effort for a long time now and we are truly grateful πŸ™β€πŸ™.
Thank you Ed for coming by with 5 bags of much needed supplies.
Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, many thanks for working with the local realtors to collect food items left behind by renters. What a really great thing to do. Not only do you save food from being thrown in the trash, but you bring it to Branches where it can be passed on to those in need.
During these most difficult times for so many, it is reassuring to know that there are good folks who care about those without. We are blessed.

Thank you Liam, Maeve and Mommy for the Blessing bags.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β· 4d Β·

Yes, that's pineapple. Really delicious pineapple. Thank you #chillinpineapple located on the boardwalk in Wildwood. Check them out for all of your favorite summertime treats.
Thank you as well Dawn Bryson for your amazing donation and to all of the good folks who helped with your effort. St. Brendan the Navigator, you are the best. Thank you Rosemary and your husband who delivered so many much needed supplies.
Branches is providing 50 boxes of food a week to those in need. Each box feeds from 1-7+ people. As a result, we are once again running low on supplies. We are in need of the following items: pasta and pasta sauce, juice, cereal, hot dogs, mayo, bread, jelly, canned beef stew, Hormel meals, size 3 diapers and canned pasta (ravioli, spaghetti o's, etc.)
As always, thank you for partnering with Branches in an effort to serve those without. We are blessed!

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β· July 9 Β·

A big Branches "thank you" to Michele McCauley Barbieri for your very special gift to the children living in local motels. You areπŸ₯‡in our book. While we are doubtful that we will be able take the kids to the water park this year, because of Covid, we will create an event for them centered around your gifts. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘­β€οΈπŸ‘¬πŸ–πŸ˜. The kids will be so excited. Stay tuned, we will keep you posted.❀️
And then there's St. Peter's Church in Ocean City. Many, many thanks for all of the much needed supplies you delivered yesterday. You have been our faithful partner in caring for those in need for some time now. We are so grateful β€πŸ’’β€οΈ.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β· July 2 Β·

We are so grateful for all of the donations that came pouring in yesterday. Please forgive us if we fail to acknowledge you or get something wrong. We try very hard to thank all the wonderful folks who keep us supplied with everything we need to serve those without ❀.
From yesterday, a very big Branches "Thank You" to George, who is so faithful to our mission and Lisa, another of our faithful. Lisa keeps up with the needs of children, as well as our women guests. The Avalon Lions came by with so many of the things that we needed. And then there is the Cape May Wawa. We received 50 really great Wawa hoagies from them πŸ₯–. There were others who left donations on our outside table. We appreciate each and every one of you.
Branches will be closed on Friday. Our Friday distributions were taken care of on Wed.
We hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ. Please stay safe. You are very important to us.

The Branches Center of Rio GrandePublished by Sandra Lockhart Β· June 13 at 5:53 AM Β·

Our terrific volunteers Joanne and Becky showing off the new sign for Branches Mobile Food Ministry. Twice a week they travel out into the community to deliver food to those in need. They always stop at the local motels where families live. Many relationships have developed as a result of this ministry.
The Branches Mobile Food Ministry is a partnership between Branches and Our Lady of Angels Church in Cape May Court House.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart Β· June 17 at 5:40 PM Β·

There are so many good folks who support our mission at Branches. Today we would like to say a special "thank you" to George C. He has faithfully supported us in many different ways. This morning he pulled up in front of Branches with a car full of much needed supplies. We are most grateful for all you do for us!