Count Your Blessings. The Blessing Bag Brigade Is on the Way!
For the past three years, Alpha School Career Education students, Jackson, N.J., have volunteered with Kevin Garrison, founder of The Blessing Bag Brigade, to fill Blessing Bags with trial-size necessities for the homeless, things that are often taken for granted.
Alpha students with the help of other students, staff, family and community members are collecting everyday items such as shampoo, body wash, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, wipes, deodorant, disposable razors, unisex socks, hats, and gloves along with snack foods like breakfast bars, chips, pretzels, cheese & crackers through February 14 to distribute to the homeless in New Jersey and New York.
Eileen Trainer, high school teacher, said, “We want to teach our students to be aware of others in need and to develop a spirit of caring for others. It is truly a blessing for someone to receive a Blessing Bag, filled by our students, and distributed to the homeless.”
When asked about how they felt about filling the Blessing Bags, one student said, “I think it’s nice. It would be nice if more people did it because there are a lot of people that are homeless.” Another Alpha student, said, “I think it is a really nice thing to do.”
Anyone interested in contributing to the Blessing Bags, contact Eileen Trainer at 732-370-1150.
Alpha School is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Harbor School, Eatontown, and the Gateway School, Carteret. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitively impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.
For more information or information about school enrollment, contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.
RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400) https://thegatewayschool.com/; Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) https://alphaschool.com/ ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394) https://harborschool.com/