May 02, 2017
When Tim McLoone founded Holiday Express in 1993, he never imagined the number of lives we would ultimately touch through the healing power of music and friendship. In 2017, as we celebrate our "25th Anniversary" of delivering the gift of human kindness, we will be bringing music and friendship to 100 charitable organizations.
Please help us win $20,000 from OceanFirst Foundation during their 2017 Charity Challenge!
Your gift enables us to serve those who are desperately in need and so often forgotten – men, women and children in developmental centers, veteran hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and special needs schools and programs throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Each client we serve not only experiences the magic of our interactive holiday program, but also receives a wonderful meal and a special gift of essential personal items – which for many is the only holiday gift they will receive.
“Delivering the gift of human kindness.” A simple mission. . . with life changing results.
“Many of our students are unable to access holiday events that are offered in their communities due to the severity of their physical disabilities. Thanks to Holiday Express all of our students were given a joyous experience to celebrate the holiday season.” Penny Ann Goldstein, Lakeview School Principal
“The Holiday Express visits are truly the highlight of the Season. It was not "just music", it was not "just gifts,” it was not "just lunch.” It was a complete experience provided by extraordinary people who recognized no difference among the clients. The Holiday Express volunteers showed no reticence, did not hold back, they threw the differences out the window and just partied with open arms and open hearts.” Venus Majeski, NJID Executive Director
“People with substance abuse disorders often feel marginalized and/or ignored and this (Holiday Express visit) provided them with hope that others do care about them.” Patricia White, Turning Point Director of Clinical Care
Why we need your help:
At Holiday Express we work year round to ensure no one is alone at the holidays. Now is the time that we plan for the holiday season and purchase supplies for the more than 27,000 people we will visit in Season 2017.
Each charity event costs an average of $6,000, money well spent when you realize ours is, most often, the only holiday program offered at the organizations we visit. If we reach our fundraising goal of $12,500 we will have covered the cost of two charity events; bringing smiles to people who need them most.
Holiday Express does not charge the state developmental centers, soup kitchens, specialized schools, psychiatric facilities, and homeless shelters we visit. We depend on the generosity of people like yourself to make the gift of human kindness possible.
Your gift makes a difference:
The places and people we visit, an underserved and isolated population, benefit greatly from the healing power of music and friendship. They receive very little or nothing and we want them to know that they are important to us. To fulfill a need, individual gift bags are an essential part of each event. In many, if not most instances, the gift bag they are given may be the only gift they will receive during the holiday season. To fill these gift bags we rely on the generosity of the caring community.
A $25 donation can provide hats for 20 adults with developmental disabilities. Their Holiday Express hats remind them that they are now part of our larger Holiday Express family all year long.
A $50 donation can provide warm gloves, knit hats and rain ponchos for 2 low-income families. This cold weather gear will protect the parents and children from the elements all winter long.
A $125 donation can provide cuddly stuffed toys to 35 critically ill children living in a specialized hospital. These toys will give the children a warm friend to hug as they fall asleep each night.
A $250 donation can provide complete gift bags – a duffle bag filled with essential items to 10 veterans. The gift of a knit hat, gloves, socks, wash cloth, and toiletry kits will help them stay clean and warm long after the Holiday Express band has left.
A $500 donation can provide 100 toiletry kits filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, chap stick, soap, deodorant, and shampoo. These items are an important part of the 27,000 gift bags Holiday Express will hand out during the 2017 Season to each of our guests.
A $1000 donation can provide bus transportation for musicians, and Holiday Express Elves to a long term psychiatric center to visit critically ill patients. These visits give the patients an opportunity to socialize, dance, and something to look forward to all year round.
Please help deliver the gift of human kindness to those who need it most, donate today.
Make a donation. Do it today. Make a difference.