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Nov 21, 2019

Peanut Butter: When You Need It Most

Peanut Butter – a staple in most kitchen pantries to make the ultimate PB&J sandwich, but did you know you could also use peanut butter to remove gum from your favorite shirt? Some people even coat the inside of their ice cream cone to eliminate that messy drip. Perhaps you’re going to use peanut butter for some added zest to your s’mores this winter. Well, the next time peanut butter ends up on your shopping list, consider picking up an extra jar and/or other non-perishable items to donate to those in need.

Once again, The Journal invites you to join in our Holiday Giving Campaign. We thank you in advance for your generosity as we ask you to share Love at The Center.

In 1992, when HIV and AIDS were more rampant and the public’s knowledge of living with these diseases was much less evolved, Roman Catholic Priest Father Bob Kaeding, formerly of St. Anselm and Precious Blood, and a team of volunteers, opened The Center in a small storefront on Mattison Avenue in Asbury Park. The Center, a 501(c)3 organization, began living its mission of serving folks living with HIV and AIDS. In 2006, The Center moved into a much larger, friendly building on Third Avenue. Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have helped thousands of people by offering them access to social services and a warm lunch, along with the most important side dish of human compassion.

In addition to the free lunch program, The Center also provides food for 25 residents and delivers food baskets for those living with HIV and AIDS.

It’s a lot of meals and that means a lot of food, and here’s how you can help. Now through Friday, Jan. 3, drop off a donation of nonperishable food – including peanut butter, jelly, cereal coffee, canned vegetables, canned fruits and canned meats – to one of the designated locations listed below. The Center also welcomes donations of socks and men’s and women’s underwear.

Your unwrapped donations can be dropped off at:

  • The Journal, 1151 Broad St., Suite 118, Shrewsbury
  • Holmdel Library, 101 Crawfords Corner (at Bell Works)
  • Colt Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Dr.
  • Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd.
  • Oceanic Library, 109 Avenue of Two Rivers
  • Eastern Monmouth Library Headquarters, 1001 Route 35

For more information, click here.