Giving Back Holiday Cheer to Families in New Jersey - Good360

Giving Back Holiday Cheer to Families in New Jersey

Organization: A Need We Feed, Inc
Lives Impacted: 40
Website: http://aneedwefeed.org

A Need We Feed, located in Ocean County, NJ, increased our local community support once becoming a nonprofit organization in 2018. This means we need more volunteers and more community support in return. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, towns along the northern Ocean County barrier island from Bay Head to Island Beach State Park were experiencing destruction residents haven’t seen in at least two decades. The mission of A Need We Feed is to prepare, package and deliver hot meals and to create dining opportunities for our veterans, children, and their families who are in need.  We use the tools of our extensive background and personal history to create, what we consider, a normal lifestyle to those who are struggling to do so. 

Thanks to this donation, we are bringing a little Christmas joy and hope to our children in need. Since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, we have delivered a hot meal and toys to over 800 children and families who are in need. Our donation is used to help address the depression and lost hope our children in need suffer with every day. Receiving our gifts empowers them to believe in good people and have hope that there is good on this earth.  

We have two families that come to mind from this distribution – one mother of 4 received our 5 individual meals and was so excited that they will be able to eat for a week. What we would consider one meal per person was being shared by 5 and they were only able to eat once a day. Our service not only helps those in need but it is also very enlightening and humbling for those who volunteer their time. To see what we take for granted, it makes us take a step back and realize that some things are not so bad.  

When parents are stretching financial resources to put the bare minimum of food on the table, they can’t afford luxuries like toys and gifts for their children.  The donation helped address this. One of the families that received the dolls was so excited because they did not expect gifts this year, the little girl couldn’t help but smile. These stories are what help me stay motivated and focused on our mission. Thank you Good360  for providing Hope to children and families during the holiday season.

Shari Rudolph
Shari Rudolph
shari@good360.org

Shari Rudolph is Chief Marketing Officer of Good360 and is an accomplished retail, digital commerce and media executive with a strong track record of building audience, revenue and brands. Shari’s previous experience includes management consulting as well as various executive and leadership roles at both start-ups and large media and retail e-commerce companies in Southern California, New York and Silicon Valley. She is also an adjunct professor teaching classes in marketing, advertising and entrepreneurial studies and she earned her MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.