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Sojihuggles Childrens Foundation

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To provide underprivileged children with the basic necessities in life so they may grow, thrive, experience purpose in life and contribute to society in meaningful ways. We are a solely volunteer managed charity. There are no salaries or stipends to anyone working in or with this organization. ALL proceeds go to children in need.

Results: 501(c)3 established on March 21, 2016. We have raised awareness of the high level of children in need in this country. Fundraising efforts have been very successful and include events to meet a variety of interests to involve a wide scope of the community: NJ Miner's Baseball game and fireworks display, Neighborhood Clean-up Program funded by government grants, Lakeside Crystal Bowl Healing Concert, Candlelit Labyrinth Walk/Meditation, Birthday Bag Program in partnership with food pantries, Diaper Drives in partnership with Diaper Banks. Upcoming events include a Jack-o-Lantern Illumination Jamboree, Thanksgiving Pie Making for family dinner program, sale of artisan made decor and holiday ornaments at The lake Mohawk German Christmas Market and a Holiday House Tour with Caroler's, Ice Sculpting Competition and many more surprises to delight those on the tour. ALL proceeds from ALL events and programs go to children in need.

Target demographics: children in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 800 children providing: coats, diapers, 10,000 school lunches, vision exams/glasses, dental exams/cleanings/xrays/fillings

Geographic areas served: Our offices are located in Newton, NJ

Programs: diaper drives, food drives, fundraising events for both children and adults

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the wonderful privilege of being one of the volunteers working through Sojihuggles. Over the past years we have grown tremendously as a foundation, providing underrepresented children in our communities with daily necessities. Toiletry bags, haircut services, and eye exams are among many other things that we have provided these children with this far. Sojihuggles takes a community approach to helping children in need by communication through volunteers, community members, schools, and local organizations. What a great foundation to be a part of!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sojihuggles makes lives better. From food supports to connecting families in need to services that improve quality of life, this non profit fulfills its mission, serving as a reliable and compassionate network of care.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Sojihuggles has done so much for our school district! From health bags to school supplies, to helping provide lunch for those students on the fringe of the national school lunch program income guidelines. Their personnel are wonderful to work with. This is a foundation worth supporting if you are one of those with the opportunity to do so!

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose to support Sojihuggles because I know the people running it are authentic, truly care about their mission to serve and help and 100% volunteer. I trust that each donation is going directly to helping the children in our area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ms. Love at Sojihuggles has graciously worked with our district (Hopatcong Borough Schools) to provide our socio-economically disadvantaged students with the materials they need. Through Sojihuggles, we have been able to provide food, clothing and household items to meet the needs of our students. Ms. Love is a delight to work with and she truly cares about improving the lives of children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a School Nurse at an Elementary School that has benifitted from Sojihuggles Childrens Foundation on several occassions. They have helped many families in our school, providing new sneakers in the Spring and new coats in the Fall for those in need of assistance. Sojihuggles have also offered to help pay off children's lunch charges and provide eye exams if needed. Ms. Love and her foundation are dedicated to serving all children in need. We are lucky to have such a wonderful organization in our community!

Kristi G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a principal at a school that has benefitted from Sojihuggles Children's Foundation. From paying students' overdue lunch accounts, to setting up payment for eye exams and glasses, Sojihuggles has been a wonderful support to our families in need!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a school employee and connected with Ms. Love when she reached out to see how she could help the children in my school. There are so many students in need these days and we are so lucky to have met her and the generous support she and her foundation have provided to the children in our school. Sojiguggles has funded eye exams, purchased glasses, paid school lunch accounts, and purchased clothing for students in need. Thank you Sojihuggles. We are lucky to have you here in Sussex County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with this organization helping out with school items for children that could not afford them, and selling 50/50 tickets for the holidays. It was lots of fun to help out and give back to the community. I know that all the money that is being donated, and well as items being donated are all going to the children, and none of the money is going in anyones pockets. that is what makes this organization stand out, knowing that it all goes to the children in need. Its a wonderful thing that Sojihuggles is doing.....keep up the good work

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ms. Love and the Sojihuggles Children's Foundation are fantastic! Ms. Love came to present to the entire 2nd grade. Her mission is absolutely selfless. She wants the best for every individual out there.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with SOJIHUGGLES for the past year and I have to say - there is not another community organization more committed and dedicated to helping under privileged children. Their willingness to go above and beyond and provide families/children with their all that they need is not only remarkable but has helped decrease the number of maltreated children in the community. SOJIHUGGLES and its board numbers should be recognized and commended for the positive difference they have made in the community and in the lives of the children/families they serve. Simply put - it is an A+ foundation!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization Sojihuggles Childrens Foundation is to work with. We have been able to give children in need toiletry items through our food pantry they would not normally receive and items for Christmas stockings for children here in Sussex County because of Sojihuggles. Members of the Board have also
helped with their own money in helping provide coats for children for Christmas and birthday bags for children in our food pantry program. I love that all their money and resources go directly to children in need. It is a pleasure to work with this new organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sojhuggles is a 100% volunteer organization, and all the money that comes in goes right to help the Children that need it. An organization like this mean so much to these children. Every Child deserves to have there every day needs met without having to worry about it. This is what Sojihuggles does! Not only does Sojihuggles provide them the items they need , but gives them hope!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not only a volunteer and donor for Soji, I am also a member of the advisory board.

Knowing this this foundation is 100% volunteer run means I get to see first hand where our efforts are going. The hours spent pitching in with this organization, through brainstorming, planning, or working events are some of the best hours of each month.

It is a pleasure to be part of such a meaningful foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to help Sojihuggles get donations right to the children that need it. Working for a local food pantry, we have identified families with children right in the area that need help in so many ways. With the help of Sojihuggles, we can provide these children with the food and other necessities that help them stay healthy both physically and mentally. We are excited to be able to provide Kid-friendly foods, school supplies, holiday treats, etc. It is a joy to be able to see and feel the gratitude of both the parents and the children when they come to pick up their items! I wish that all donors to the organization could see their faces and get their hugs of gratitude!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have chosen to donate to Sojihuggles Children’s Foundation for a number of reasons. The foundation is run by volunteers and ALL money goes to help children who live locally. The help being given has been carefully chosen to fill a void – for example, eye exams and glasses, diapers, vouchers to a Laundromat and lunches for those in need but not eligible for free lunches. I encourage others to donate to this worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every child deserves healthy food, clean clothing and the best chance for a successful future. But too many children, even right here in Sussex County, N.J., aren’t getting the necessities they need.
Sojihuggles Children’s Foundation is doing its part to help these children in need. Sojihuggles, a 501(c) (3) organization donates 100% of its proceeds to causes and activities worthy of these funds, truly changing the way our children live. Whether it is donating food to a local pantry so no child goes hungry, or providing diapers, pajamas or coats to our children who are walking around in the middle of winter without coats on their backs, Sojihuggles is doing all it can to improve the quality of life for these children and their families. The organization not only provides these important items but is helping to improve their self-confidence, attendance and acceptance at school, and improving their overall wellness and wellbeing.

I am pleased to serve as a volunteer for this organization and I find great comfort knowing that the children in need in Sussex County are being helped in some way. I believe that true kindness lies within the act of giving and without the expectation of something in return. Sojihuggles Children’s Foundation does just that.

The Foundation’s Founder has put her heart, soul and own money into establishing this foundation and is doing everything she can to build and grow it. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our children and she has already made an impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

Integrity, compassion and accountability are hallmarks of this organization and it is a true charity! I could never fully say enough about all the good they are doing to help underprivileged children: food, clothing, toiletries, eye glasses and exams, backpacks, school supplies, the list goes on! This is an organization that strengthens belief in humanity. Their newsletter is named the 100% Effect for a reason, It’s the real deal. 100% of every donation goes directly to children in need. This charity is run by volunteers, no one collects a paycheck or a monetary gift. No one. This is a great charity doing really great things.



Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sojihuggles Childrens Foundation is a wonderful somewhat new foundation which I find to be very refreshing here in Sussex County. As first a volunteer and then an Advisory Board Member I am delighted that Sojihuggles is helping to address the unmet needs of children. The group is highly motivated and enthusiastic in what they do. They are driven and purposeful in their mission and bring a wonderful inspiring meaning to the word volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and a volunteer. Sojihuggles Childrens Foundation is unique for a number of reasons. It serves the local population (Sussex County), collaborates with other groups who are helping children (Diaper Drive), tries not to duplicate what is readily available (Birthday Party Bags) and actively looks for the unmet needs of children and finds and funds ways to help by working with school nurses and locally based agencies in a number of communities. It will always be evolving so as the needs change so will the focus of the foundation.
It is gratifying and exciting to be involved. And I am proud to be a part of a 100% volunteer group that gives 100% of its funds to those children in need in our communities.