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Salvation Army Camden Kroc Center Enlists South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund Grant to Provide Food Assistance

Haddonfield, NJ – The Community Foundation of South Jersey made a $5,000 grant to the Salvation Army Kroc Center from the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund. With support from CFSJ and others, the Kroc Center has provided tens of thousands worth of grocery items and food to local residents since the pandemic onset. 

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division has experienced a four hundred percent increase in families seeking aid, including food, statewide.  

In order to meet the demand, The Salvation Army opened three warehouses located in Vineland, Red Bank, and Newark. At these locations, they receive and store food from New Jersey food banks in bulk. 

“We are so thankful that the Community Foundation of South Jersey was able to help fund our organization and support our families in need,” said Kroc Center Administrator Major Terry Wood, “The pandemic is not only an economic crisis but a mental health crisis caused by the stress residents are feeling.  We are working hard to help alleviate some of that stress as we provide help and hope. This grant surely helps.”

“Food access is a basic need. With the COVID-19 Response Fund, we prioritized these triage needs,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “Now, more than ever, nonprofits such as the Kroc Center need help, and we are so proud of our South Jersey neighbors for stepping up to the challenge and providing the money needed to make our COVID-19 response possible.”

The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund continues to assist local nonprofits that need support in order to serve communities impacted by the pandemic.

To date, the Fund has raised over $1 million, but this is not enough to meet the overwhelming need.  Since March, CFSH has gotten over $6 million in grant requests.  

If you would like to support the only such Fund where donations stay in our South Jersey region, please visit

About The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden

The 120,000 square-foot Salvation Army Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about.

This extraordinary facility houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts, and other support programs never before assembled under one roof in the City of Camden.  

The Kroc Center ministry, as well as the building itself, has been designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform lives within the community.  

It is a dynamic regional asset that is open and accessible to all.  For more information about the Center or to donate directly, please visit

About the Community Foundation of South Jersey

The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county region thriving, where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate, and give.

The vision is realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region. CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits, and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create permanent endowments for impact in perpetuity.

By aligning donor interests and using the investment earnings on each of its endowed funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds leadership within the community to create thriving, equitable, and livable communities for all.

Currently, CFSJ manages assets of more than $23 million. CFSJ has issued more than $9 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships. Learn more about CFSJ at

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Sleeves for Support to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities

CAMDEN, NJ — Local McDonald’s restaurants will offer a new way to help Ronald McDonald House Southern New Jersey with the addition of the Sleeves for Support program.

This campaign was developed in partnership with Coca-Cola and will generate funding for RMHC through sales of insulated beverage sleeves specifically designed to hold 30-ounce cups from McDonald’s. Sleeves are now available for purchase at $5 each while supplies last at participating restaurants (with a minimum of $2.50 of the proceeds benefitting RMHC).

“We’re excited to partner with Coca-Cola to aid RMHC, an organization that improves the care, comfort, and health of local children,” said Local South Jersey McDonald’s Owner/Operator, John Durante. “Our customers can use these insulated sleeves keep their favorite McDonald’s drinks colder longer, and support families in the area at the same time!”

Ronald McDonald House Southern New Jersey is supported by the local chapter of RMHC: RMHC of the Philadelphia Region. RMHC of the Philadelphia Region is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that receives its support from the owner/operators of more than 300 McDonald’s Restaurants in the region. These regions include the greater Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Ronald McDonald House Southern New Jersey is one of over 370 Houses in 43 countries which support families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.

The Sleeves for Support program is just one of the many ways McDonald’s supports RMHC and these programs.

These initiatives, paired with direct donations made at local McDonald’s restaurants, ensure that no family is ever turned away due to inability to pay and children facing serious diagnoses and their families receive the care they need. McDonald’s continues to support RMHC through monetary contributions, volunteerism, and board participation, helping RMHC to impact thousands of lives annually.


More than 370 Houses around the world, offers Hope, Help and Home to critically ill children and their families. For more than 35 years, RMHSNJ has been a “home away from home” for more than 29,000 families whose children are receiving life-saving treatments for critical illnesses and traumatic injuries.

Each year, approximately 700 families hail from many foreign countries and every state in the US. Located in the heart of Camden, RMHSNJ is staffed 24 hours a day with a small staff and hundreds of volunteers.

The house has 25 spacious bedroom suites, each with a unique theme such as Animal Friends, Sesame Street, Harry Potter and the Phillies. RMHSNJ also operates eleven Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Southern New Jersey hospitals with large pediatric units.

For more information on RMHSNJ go to

ABOUT McDONALD’S McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 38,000 locations in over 100 countries.

Approximately 93% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local businessmen and women.

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Halloween is Happening at DiDonato’s

Hammonton, NJ – DiDonato Family Fun Center, located on the White Horse Pike in Hammonton, is excited to announce the return of a Halloween favorite: ALL-A-BOO DiDonato’s Trick-or-Treat Train, a Halloween-inspired experience that is totally outdoors for 2020. This little goblin-friendly Halloween outdoor experience will leave the whole family laughing and gasping for more. Tricks, treats, and surprises are included for kids and grownups.  

In the little-goblin friendly Halloween town, guests will ride along Rolling Railway, where, as always at DiDonato’s, each family has their own train car! Families are invited to find their way through a hay maze created just for DiDonato’s, choose their own special pumpkin from our patch to bring home, enjoy endless fun on the 19 foot tall Big Kahuna slide and enjoy an individually-wrapped treat at the Snack and Toy Cottage by Toy Market, a locally-owned toy shop in Hammonton and Smithville. The newest edition for 2020 is endless play, climbing, imagination-building, and fun on DiDonato’s custom-made, interactive train, and more. 

DiDonato’s Trick-or-Treat Train will board September 25, 26, 27, and October 2-4, 9-12, 16-18, 23-25 starting at 12:00pm.  

Tickets are available for $10.95 per person online at  

Steve DiDonato, owner of DiDonato Family Fun Center said, “We feel like we all need a little good news for Fall! We have been working since March on a plan to keep your family safe while still having fun and creating memories. DiDonato’s will be open for our Trick-or-Treat Train this September & October for a totally outdoor event from check-in, to the pumpkin patch, train ride, & more. We can’t wait to celebrate with you in a unique-to-2020 way!” 

Introduced to DiDonato Family Fun Center in 2016, Rolling Railway is a year-round outdoor attraction with unique Holiday experiences. DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express hosts visitors from up and down the East Coast. An Easter-themed experience was also launched in 2017. 

DiDonato Family Fun Center puts a new spin on an old favorite. Established in 1952, and completely renovated and expanded in 2014, DiDonato’s created a definitive hot spot by combining an upscale bowling experience, uniquely delicious food and drinks at the Alley Bar and Grille, modern and distinct décor, all while having activities for the whole family.  

DiDonato Family Fun Center is located at 1151 S. White Horse Pike in Hammonton. 

For more information visit or or call 609-561-3040 or email 

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Gloucester County Local Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee Holding Public Meeting to Solicit Comments for Use of FY 2021 Casino Tax Revenues

On September 22, 2020, the Gloucester County Local Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee (LCTAC) will be holding a public hearing for the purpose of soliciting testimony/comments regarding receipt and use of fiscal year 2021 casino tax revenues under the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP) in the amount of $583,833.00.

The hearing will be held via teleconferencing at 3:00 p.m.

Revenues are used to provide transportation services including, but not limited, to non-emergency medical appointments, dialysis, chemotherapy and physical therapy and work-related transportation to senior citizens, people with disabilities and low income residents in Gloucester County.

Due to Governor Murphy’s executive order March 21, 2020 limiting social gatherings, this teleconference will provide information and permit members of the public to provide feedback and comment.

Persons who are unable to attend may send written testimony to:

Lisa Cerny,
Director of Human and Disability Services
115 Budd Blvd.
West Deptford, NJ 08096.

Written testimony must be received by September 15, 2020.

To access the meeting call 1-800-747-5150 Access Code: 3846870#

Service is supported by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Robert M. Damminger, Freeholder Director; Jim Jefferson, Freeholder Liaison.

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William Hargrove Marina, Bellmawr: Two Specialty Properties Offered at $1,650,000

Two specialty properties of the William Hargrove Marina located at 1210 Creek Road in Bellmawr have been offered for sale at $1,650,00.

According to, the listing was created on December 30, 2019 and updated on August 7, 2020.

Investment Highlights Include:

  • Rack/Warehouse Area 17,040 square feet with 40′ clearance
  • 75 Dry Rack Storage Potential
  • Ten Ton Clark Lift Truck Included
  • 62 Floating Dock Slips
  • Two Bedroom Apartment waterfront marina office/shop

Taxes & Operating Expenses (Pro Forma – 2020)

Executive Site Plans A & B

To view the full listing details, click here.

The listing agent is:
Bryant Lafferty
RE/MAX Connection Commercial
856-988-1800 Ext. 118
28 N Maple Ave
Marlton, NJ 08053