Project Groups

The Unforgotten Haven has 20+ project groups that focus on specific tasks. You can sign up to make blessing bags, help with our garden, bake cookies, donate a prom dress, knit a baby blanket, make a no sew fleece blanket, and more. There is a project for almost every interest and schedule.

Each project has its own Facebook group that you can join to keep up with the group's activities.

Below is a list of our current project groups. Simply click on the name of the project group to learn more about it and get the link to the Facebook Group page.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Unforgotten Haven is temporarily putting a hold on all donations and closing the building for the time being as we assess the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect our ability to accept donations and distribute them. Because we serve many medically fragile and vulnerable populations, we want to proceed with caution so we don't put the people we seek to serve at greater risk.  Please bear with us as we decide how to proceed during this challenging time. 

During the spring and summer, volunteers from The Unforgotten Haven grow a garden to produce fruit and vegetables for those in need. We welcome everyone, especially kids! A great way to help give back. Come join us! Find out more — including the watering schedule and what is being grown — on our Facebook Group Page.

Aunt Flo’s in Town, and and she’s on a mission to help girls and women in need in our community who don’t have enough feminine products to last for their entire period.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. This is referred to as “Period Poverty.” Many girls can get a pad or a tampon from their school nurse but report they do not have products at home due to economic reasons. Many are even embarrassed to ask their teachers or nurse. They must find materials such as socks, scarves, clothing, rags, and paper products to use as pads. Some will overuse products risking severe infections. Many women go without to be able to buy food for their families or themselves.

Aunt Flo needs your help in collecting feminine products of all types: pads of all types (light days to heavy days) and tampons. They will be bagged and made available to schools for their girls and for women in need in our community. No girl or woman should lose their dignity for not having these essential products. No girl should miss school or woman miss work for having their period.

Please consider picking up these items and dropping them off to us here at The Unforgotten Haven during our open hours. Just tell them Aunt Flo sent you!

Facebook Project Group Page

We make “It’s A Boy!” and “It’s A Girl!” bags that are distributed to mothers in need at local maternity. We are collecting the following: “It’s a Boy” and “It’s a Girl” gift bags:

  • infant size diapers
  • receiving blankets,
  • newborn and 3 month sized onesies and sleepers
  • baby socks
  • baby wash cloths
  • baby hooded towels
  • bibs
  • baby hats
  • baby brush & comb
  • Q-tips
  • baby shampoo
  • baby wash
  • baby lotion
  • diaper rash cream.

All items can be dropped off at The Haven during any of our open hours. If you want to purchase items from our Amazon Wish List and deliver them to the Haven, you can find that list here.

View the Facebook Baby Snuggler Page here.

This project focuses on creating “blessing bags” by collecting items to put in bags for the homeless. You or your group can sign-up to make Blessing Bags to be distributed to the homeless during our weekly Homeless Outreach visits by signing up here: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eafaf2eaa8-blessing

To create a blessing bag, use one or two gallon Ziploc bag and fill it with each of the following items:

  • Pair of Men’s Tube Socks
  • Chap Stick
  • Toothbrush
  • Trial Size Toothpaste
  • Trial Size Lotion
  • Trial Size Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Trial Size Hand Sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Wet Wipes
  • Washcloth
  • Small Pack of Tissues
  • Trial Size or Full Size Deodorant
  • Pre Packaged Snack (Peanut Butter Crackers, Granola Bar, Chips (etc).
  • Hand Warmers (During Cold Weather)

Click here for the Facebook Group Page.

The Book Bagg’n It Project collects backpacks and school supplies to provide children with a book bag full of essential school items to start the school year off right. All children deserve to begin class with confidence and preparation in September! Let’s give these things to those who are without.

This project group is most active in late July/early August preparing for the return to school. Check out our main Facebook page during that time for details.

Items needed for school include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Composition Books
  • Folders
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Pencils Cases and Pencil Boxes

Click here for Facebook Group Page

Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Unforgotten Haven is temporarily suspending our Cookies for Charity project until further notice. We encourage you to consider donating to our other projects instead.

Empowerment Bags are for women staying at The Domestic Violence Safe House. When a woman and her children arrive at The Safe House, they usually come with nothing but the clothing on their backs. These bags will give them some hope that someone cares. Each Bag does not have to be the same. However, here are some ideas of what should be in each bag:

  • Toilet paper
  • Make-Up (Brand New Only)
  • Full Size Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Journal and Pen
  • Toothbrushes (Several) and Toothpaste
  • New Wash Cloths
  • Feminine Products
  • Bag of Candy
  • Small Fleece Blanket
  • Card with an Empowering Message

Empowerment Bags Project Group Facebook Page

Want to make fleece blankets for children in hospitals and our Homeless Outreach initiative? It’s easy. Here is a list of what you’ll need and instructions:

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • 5-1/2 yds. fleece fabric
  • Scissors or rotary cutter & mat
  • Tape measure

DIRECTIONS:

Project tip: Cut both layers of fleece at the same time.

  1. From each piece of fleece, cut 56” x 70” rectangle.
  2. Place fleece rectangles wrong sides together.
  3. Cut out one 7” square from each corner of both fleece pieces.
  4. To make the fringe, cut 7” into fleece at 1” intervals around all sides of both top and bottom.
  5. Knot fringed pieces together around entire blanket, using 1 strand from the front fabric layer and 1 strand from the back fabric layer.

Keep an eye out for coupons to use at craft stores. Joann’s Fabrics also had kits you can purchase.

Finished blankets can be dropped off during our open hours.

Fleece Navidad Facebook Group Page

The Fur Baby Project collects anything for pets of families that have fallen on hard times, house fire victims, animal shelters, foster groups, and families caring for foster animals. All supplies can be collected and brought to our facility and we will make sure it goes to the right place to help the less fortunate animals.

Visit the Facebook Group Page.

This project focuses on collecting sports gear to be donated to the less fortunate or community programs supporting the less fortunate. You can visit the project’s Facebook Group page.  Items being collected include:

FOOTBALL
– old cleats
– footballs
– old jerseys
– pads 
– shoulder pads
– socks
– eye black

BASEBALL
– bats
– gloves
– cleats
– jerseys
– bat bags
– balls
– practice equipment
– gum and seeds

SOCCER
– cleats
– balls
– goalie equipment

HOCKEY
– sticks
– balls
– pucks
– skates
– pads
– nets

RUGBY
– cleats
– balls
– cones

BASKETBALL
– balls
– shoes
– clothing

WRESTLING
– shoes
– headgear

Any other miscellaneous sports gear is appreciated

Want to purchase a hoagie to be given to the homeless?

Send in your money via PayPal and put “Hoagie” in the notes section. The Unforgotten Haven will place an order and deliver the hoagies to the less fortunate during our outreach efforts.  The cost per hoagie is $6.00

Buy Your Hoagie Now:




You can see the progress and results of this project on the Homeless Initiative Facebook Page. Thank you to Roma Pizza (840 S Route 73, West Berlin, NJ) for working with us on this project.

The Unforgotten Haven’s Homeless Outreach Project is about getting on the streets and handing out non-perishable foods, blessing bags, clothing, and travel-size toiletries to those who are in very much need of these things. We load up the cars and we go to Camden and Philadelphia on Sundays. We are always looking for volunteers to come out and help and to donate to the cause.

All donations can be dropped off at The Unforgotten Haven during our open hours. 

Click here to go to the Facebook Group Page.

For Camden: Meet at the Haven by 11:15 on Sundays

For Philadelphia: We don't go every week so email us or message us on Facebook to see if we're going that week

We have teamed up with Lundy Law on this project, and we are so grateful to them! We have bins at The Haven for gently used, age-appropriate children's books. When the bins are full, Lundy Law comes and picks them up and delivers the books to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). You can drop off your gently used children's books at the Unforgotten Haven during our open hours.

Donations for The Unforgotten Haven – Military & K9 Project can be ordered from Amazon and they will be shipped directly to Nathan in Texas who is our enlisted contact. Here is the link to the Amazon Wish List for this group:

http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/PI5X1YF1YNTT/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ws_l.LYvb0VYAYAT

Donations for this group can also be dropped off at the Haven during our open hours or mailed to the address below. Any issues or questions please feel free to message us.

Package drop off during posted hours only!!!

The Unforgotten Haven
100 South Black Horse Pike
Blackwood, NJ 08012

*directly across from Chews Florist.

Packages can also be shipped to:
Michele Gambone
237 Delsea Drive
Sewell, NJ 08080

Monday Thru Friday 9am to 3 pm.

Click here for Facebook Group Page

Deployment list
  • K cups coffee and tea
  • Electronic wipes
  • Lens cleaning cloths
  • Mini energy shots
  • Snacks like sunflower seeds, nuts, trail mixes, beef jerky.
  • Flavoring packets to add to water, orange, strawberry etc.
  • Hot sauce/ taco sauce bbq sauce (foods are bland)
  • Can goods pull off lids
Personnel
  • Foot powder
  • Socks
  • Icy Hot – pain relief cream
  • Vicks Vapor Rub
  • Lip balm
  • Body wash higher quality lasts longer
  • Small bottles of glass cleaner
  • Tooth brushes/ paste
Down time activities
  • Playing Cards
  • E-reader with books on it
  • Hand held games
  • Plastic model kits
  • Board games
  • Sport balls
  • Pens, paper, envelopes, paper, stamps
  • Magazines ( no nudity)
  • Frisbee
K9 dogs
  • Balls/ toys/ chews
  • K-9 Cooling Mats
  • K-9 Nail Clippers, Brushes or Combs
  • Kongs and other heavy duty chew toys
  • K-9 Cooling Vests
  • Collapsible Nylon Dog Water Bowls
  • Dog Shampoo
  • K-9 Salves For Paws/Noses
  • K-9 toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Dog treats made in the USA only
 

Nico’s Power Up Packs are bags of crafts, toys, and activities for pediatric patients. They are named for Nico Cassabria, who was diagnosed with stage IV high risk neuroblastoma (a type of childhood cancer) at the age of 3 and spent 7 years of his life in and out of the hospital. Nico passed away at the age of 10, but his kindness and compassion will live on through Nico’s Power Up Packs. The name is a nod to Nico’s love of video games and all things gaming. Our hope is that Nico’s Power Up Packs will perk up or “power up” these young warriors.

Items needed (all must be new):

  • “Blind bag” type toys for boys and girls (e.g., L.O.L. Surprise dolls, Shopkins, Lego Minifigures, Minecraft, Squish-Dee-Lish, Fingerling Minis, My Little Pony, Num Noms, 5 Surprise, Imaginex, Doorables)
  • Play Doh/ Model Magic
  • Craft Kits
  • Card Games
  • Bubbles
  • Coloring books and Crayons
  • iTunes/ Amazon gift cards (for teens)
  • Walmart/ Target gift cards
  • Pajamas for boys and girls (all sizes including adult)
  • Fun socks
  • Baby and toddler toys
  • Handmade blankets from smoke-free homes

Here is the link for our Amazon Wish List: 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N5CP6VJJXJJ8?&sort=default

Keep in mind some things can be purchased at Target or Walmart for less. If you want to ship items, visit Nico’s Power Up Packs Facebook Group Page and send a message for shipping address.

We all know that students learn better when their bellies aren’t growling from hunger!

The Unforgotten Haven can provide school administrators, teachers, or school nurses with several bags or backpacks of non-perishable foods that can be kept on hand and sent home with any kids that might not be eating enough at home. When all bags have been distributed, The Unforgotten Haven will supply more. This is an ongoing project to make sure all kids are properly fed so they are ready to learn! (Please be sure to acquire all necessary approvals from your district before participating.)

No Belly Left Behind Facebook Group Page

This project is for a Birthday Party In a Bag for children who normally would have to do without due to financial hardship. You can make bags for boys and girls. Please use a colored bag to reflect which gender the bag is for. What goes in the bag:

  • Boxed Cake Mix (be sure it is not expired)
  • Cake Icing (be sure it is not expired)
  • Table Cover
  • Party Horns
  • Cookies (be sure they are not expired)
  • Napkins
  • A Birthday Card that the parents can fill out for their child
  • Anything else you would like to add (such as a gift card to purchase a gift for the child).

You can drop off the bags to The Unforgotten Haven during our open hours, and we will make sure it gets to needy families.

Party in a Bag Facebook Group Page

Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Unforgotten Haven is temporarily suspending our PB&J project until further notice. We encourage you to consider donating to our other projects instead.

Sacks of Love are standard pillowcases with The Unforgotten Haven logo on them that are filled with things that would make a hospital patient or nursing home resident feel loved and appreciated. These bags will be tied with a pink or blue ribbon (men or women) and distributed to local hospitals and nursing homes. Once the pillowcase has been emptied, it can be used on the bed so the recipients remember that people care about them. We are collecting the following items:

  • socks (non skid preferred)
  • hard candy
  • crossword puzzle and word find books (large print)
  • hand lotion
  • lip balm
  • hand wipes
  • soaps
  • shower gel
  • hand sanitizer
  • playing cards
  • brush
  • comb
  • small throw blanket
  • pocket size flashlights.

We would also like to have handmade, encouraging cards to put in each pillow case.

Check out the Facebook Group Page.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Unforgotten Haven is temporarily suspending our Snack Packs for Chemo project until further notice. We encourage you to consider donating to our other projects instead.

This project helps young men and women go to prom or other types of special dances looking fabulous. The items we collect are distributed to area students who may otherwise be unable to attend a prom or other dance. Clothing and accessories are lent out and returned so that we can bless more then one student with each dress or tuxedo.

The boutique collects new or gently used:

  • prom dresses
  • bridesmaids dresses
  • men's suits, tuxedos, and dress wear
  • "prom-type" or dress shoes
  • "prom-type" jewelry or accessories (purses) in good condition
  • make-up (new only).

To make a donation to the boutique: drop off items during the Haven's open hours (see bottom of page).

To make an appointment to visit the boutique:  send an email to [email protected]. The boutique is located at Jersey Life Church (508 Woodbury Turnersville Rd, Blackwood, NJ 08012) and can only be visited by appointment.

Click here for the Facebook Group Page.

Yarn for a Cause is The Unforgotten Haven’s very own Knitting and Crocheting Club. You can make anything to help the less fortunate—blankets, hats, head bands. We also collect yarn at The Unforgotten Haven to supply to our club members and to Cooper Hospital for the knitting lessons they have for patients who are in the hospital for long periods of time.

Click here for the Facebook Group Page

Our Hours

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Due to COVID-19, our open hours are limited. However, we occasionally open to collect donations or for a special event. Please follow us on Facebook for the latest information.

Our Address

The Unforgotten Haven
100 South Black Horse Pike
Blackwood, NJ 08012

(We are located directly across from Chew’s Florist)

Homeless Outreach

Due to COVID-19, our Homeless Outreach program has been temporarily paused.