About Frosty's Friends
There are so many children in need of joy and cheer all over the world – and so many here in our own New Jersey neighborhoods. Jersey Cares connects agency partners' children in need with Frosty's Friend volunteers.

How the Program Works
Each participating volunteer or group of volunteers will receive letters written by children (or pictures from those under the age of 4) between the ages of 4-16. Volunteers then purchase a gift by Wednesday, December 17 and mail it directly to the child via the agency. The recommended price range of gifts is $25-$40. Jersey Cares is not financially responsible for shipping or delivery expenses. Please do not deliver gifts to the Jersey Cares office.

Registration
Agencies Receiving Gifts - Please complete the online registration form
Please note that you must be a nonprofit agency and provide your 501(c)(3) status. Registration deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014 to receive gifts for your agency's children in need.


Individuals/Groups/Companies Providing Gifts - Frosty's Friends volunteers may participate as individuals or in a group. If you participate in a group, please select one person to internally facilitate the program. Please complete the online registration form.
Once you or your group has registered, you will receive your letter(s). Letter(s) are sent to volunteers in the order in which the request is received. If you are unable to fulfill the request, please alert the Jersey Cares office as soon as possible. Please send your gift(s) in time to reach the respective agency no later than Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

*Please note: Registration for individuals/ groups/companies is open until all letters have been answered.

Letter Reading Projects
Throughout the month of November, volunteers are needed to review the Frosty's Friends letters in the Jersey Cares office before distributing. Please check the November Volunteer Opportunity Calendar for dates and times.

Holiday Parties
If you are interested in hosting a holiday party at an agency from which your children's letters have come, please contact Andrea Shuba in the Jersey Cares office at 973-424-1091 or andrea@jerseycares.org to be matched with a local partner.

The Children
The children receiving gifts are from shelters and other non-profit organizations that have programs for children in need who will be spending the holidays away from the comfort of a home. Some of these agencies also benefit from Jersey Cares Volunteer Opportunity Calendar projects, Corporate Service projects, Collection Drives or the Annual Coat Drive. Participating agencies are located throughout the state. Unfortunately, we cannot provide children’s personal addresses or last names; all communication must go through our agency partners for security reasons. Each letter or picture will labeled with the originating agency's information including an adult’s contact name and number for any specific questions.
 
About Jersey Cares
Jersey Cares is a dynamic nonprofit organization that meets community needs by making volunteering in New Jersey easy and meaningful. Jersey Cares works directly with local nonprofit organizations and schools, identifying their needs and training volunteer leaders to manage projects that address them. Jersey Cares volunteers have provided thousands of hours of service to communities, including: mentoring troubled teens, reaching out to isolated seniors, working with the mentally and physically challenged, restoring the environment and assisting children with their schoolwork. Jersey Cares offers meaningful volunteer opportunities that showcase the rewards of civic engagement and address some of our communities’ most serious needs.