Giving Tree 2020

This year, instead of choosing tags from the tree, purchasing gifts and then bringing the gifts to St. Matthias, we ask that you choose the gifts from each organization’s website, purchase the gift, and then ship the gifts  directly to the organizations.  Due to Covid constraints, our parish is unable to collect and distribute the gifts.  This new approach allows us to continue our Giving Tree tradition through contact-less giving.

Each organization has provided a wish list below.  When sending your gifts please indicate that your gift is from St. Matthias Parish. We are hoping to get input regarding participation after the holiday season.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Diana.

YES ELC– St. Ladislaus – (125 children presently attending)
>>Requesting toys for Preschool children ages 3-5

All gifts can be shipped to:

YES ELC @ St. Ladislaus
c/o Cheryl Curry
197 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

>> Requesting $25.00 gifts cards Target, Walmart, ShopRite, Stop & Shop.  Please properly secure envelopes when mailing.

All gift cards can be shipped to:

Elijah’s Promise
c/o Marisol Curtis – Social Services
18 Neilson Street
New Brunswick NJ 08901

>> Requesting gifts from their Amazon Wish List.

Gifts should be shipped to (Note – Amazon provides the shipping at no additional cost):

Center for Great Expectations
19 Dellwood Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873

>> Requesting basics: hygiene products, baby products, hair care supplies, Twin Size sheets, pillow, blankets, adult and kids basic clothing, robes, aprons, bath towels, etc.  Also in need of booster seats & car seats for the children.  Gift cards are also requested.

All packages should be shipped to:

Ozanam Family Shelter
89 Truman Drive
Edison, NJ, 08817

>> Requesting basics: hygiene products, sheets, pillow, blankets (Twin Size) underwear, socks — anything of the basics you would buy for the men in your life!!  Gift cards are welcome as well.

All Packages should be shipped to:

Ozanam Men’s Inn
20-22 Abeel Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

>> Requesting: Diapers, size 1,5,6 and pull-ups, diaper bags;
Children’s jackets sizes 2-10, children’s hats, gloves, sweaters, socks, clothes and pajamas, sizes 2-10.

All gifts should be shipped to:

Pregnancy Aid
C/O Fran Johnson
6111 Minuteman Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873

>> Requesting $25 gift cards to Target, Walmart, ShopRite.  Please properly secure envelopes when mailing.

All gift cards should be mailed to:

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen,
Attn:  Maria Hunter
288 Rues Lane
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816


>> The residents are requesting toiletries (lotions, shampoos, shaving cream) for both men and women, adult coloring books and pencils, crossword  and puzzle books, jig saw puzzles and  pretty blankets for twin size beds.  90 residents

Ship to:

Willow Creek Care Center
Attn: Mindi Salvo
1165 Easton Avenue
Somerset, New Jersey 08873


Franklin Township Social Services – DROP OFF ONLY
>> Temporarily relocated to the Senior Center staffed on Friday afternoons after 12:30 PM only.  If you are willing to drop off gifts at the Senior Center in the Municipal Complex they are assisting single mothers with small children and are looking for help with:

  • Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Shoprite or Stop and Shop)
  • twin size blankets any color, bed pillows
  • woman pajamas (small – 1X)
  • Crib sheets and Receiving blankets, 4 oz baby bottles and bottle brush,
  • Clothes- infant boys and girls mix or match 0-3 months, 12 months and sizes 3t to 5/6 toddlers.

Drop Off:

Franklin Township Senior Center
Attn: Stephanie Williams
505 DeMott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873