#PayItForward: Anchor House Trenton New Jersey

For this years #easterbasketsoflove2015 mission, I chose to gift Easter baskets to the Anchor House of Trenton New Jersey’s residents.

At Anchor House their mission is to work with homeless, runaway and abused children and youth, from birth to 21 years of age, to enable them to utilize their strengths and the support of their families and communities to help ensure a stable and successful home.

Anchor House Shelter was founded in 1978 to move homeless and runaway youth off the streets of Trenton and reunite them with family. Today, Anchor House Inc. provides shelter, school outreach, transitional and supportive housing, and street outreach to youth, ages 12 to 22 years of age, from Mercer County and throughout the state of New Jersey.

I chose to gift the children and young adults of the Anchor House this year as our tribute at Easter time, because I think our youth is very important and plays an integral part in our society. I believe they play a very key role, in that the youth of today has the capabilities of bringing our society into, a much-needed, positive and loving, higher collective consciousness; one the world depends on, in order that peace and love transform our world as we know it, into heaven on earth; lest they ignore their chance and continue on the cycle of living under the law of death, with its depression, sadness and anger; instead of living under the law of grace, with its love, joyousness and forgiveness; as it was delivered upon us all.

I have this wild idea that showing some love might help set off that positive chain reaction. So I spent some time, giving each basket much love and attention, as I placed each square of tissue paper one by one; before I filled them with hand shredded grass (which I made by shredding the glossy unused coupons from the newspaper on my paper-cutter), then I stuffed them with  goodies from my #extremecoupon shopping trips. It took me about 6 months to collect enough stuff for 33 baskets, so you can imagine how giddy I have been for the last 6 months, in anticipation of Easter! I love to #payitforward with love, love.

Making them took about 2-3 hours for each basket, you can read more about #upcycling #recycled plastic containers complete with #diy directions here. In the end I had enough of a stockpile to create 33 Easter baskets for children age three through adult age twenty-two. I’m already thinking of things I can do for my next big mission, which is a make-up party for a group of ladies in need of a little pick-me up; ladies that have been doing their best to give and receive LOVE. If you know of any organizations with such a group, please share it with me in a comment below. If you know of others who can help Anchor House please contact them and let our youth know that they are loved.

Anchor House
482 Centre Street
Trenton, NJ 08611



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