Twin Oaks Receives Over 900 Turkeys

Posted on November 26, 2014

A big THANK YOU to our generous community partners who donated
over 900 turkeys with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving this year! All of our donors, volunteers and staff made this drive a success
and contributed to another record breaking year!

Check out some of the photos we captured from this year’s drive:

Princeton HouseDonors from Princeton House Behavioral Health

mooseWomen of the Moose of Mt. Holly

Westampton Middle School Sign Westampton Middle School FoodWestampton Middle School’s drive packed our vehicles!

Stewart Business SystemsCheck out the artwork on the Stewart Business Systems donation box

remaxReMax of Cherry Hill brought us so many items

Save A Lot Turkeys 2Turkeys from our Save-A-Lot donation

Goddard School Delran 1 Goddard School Delran 4Goddard School’s donation and the cutest little turkey!

Medford Middle SchoolOur jam packed car from Milton H. Allen Elementary School

CourtneyCourtney hosted a food drive for us

bridge
The Burlington County Bridge Commission brought us a truckload of donations

brandonandallisaVolunteers busy at work!

AdminPartnersADMIN Partners and their donations

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

-Rachael

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Spread Holiday Cheer This Year

Posted on November 24, 2014

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Do you want to help others in your community this holiday season?

Twin Oaks invites you to create holiday magic by taking part in our Holiday Giving Drive! For many of us, the festive holiday season is full of laughter, gifts and memories with loved ones. Unfortunately, for families struggling to make ends meet the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year.

Share YOUR Holiday Spirit:

1. Hold a Gift Drive. Twin Oaks will provide you with the necessary tools to run your own gift drive from your home, school or office. Invite friends, family and co-workers to help!

2. Sponsor a family or group home. Twin Oaks will provide you with a wishlist for a family in need or a group home. This will help ensure every Twin Oaks consumer receives a gift this holiday season.

3. Make a Monetary Donation. No time to shop? We’ll do it for you! Donate online or mail monetary contributions to Twin Oaks Community Services, Attn: Development Office, 770 Woodlane Road, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Donation Ideas:
Please keep in mind gifts for teens and adults!

CHILDREN
Board Games, Puzzles
Books
Arts and Crafts
Educational Toys
Musical Toys
Basketballs, Footballs, Soccer Balls
Sleds
Skateboards
Warm Clothing, Pajamas
Coats, Gloves, Hats, Scarves

TEENS AND ADULTS
Journals
Warm Blankets
Jewelry
Board Games, Puzzles
Hand-held Electronics, MP3 Players
Personal Care Items
Warm Clothing, Sports Jerseys
Pajamas
Coats, Gloves
Scarves, Hats
Purses

Drop off new, unwrapped gifts through Wednesday, December 17 at one of the following locations:

Twin Oaks Community Services
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 16
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Twin Oaks Community Services
499 Cooper Landing Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

For more information or to sponsor a family or group home call 609-267-5928.

– Rachael

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It’s Turkey Time!

Posted on November 3, 2014

PrintTwin Oaks is gearing up for our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive! Last year, with the help of our generous donors, we distributed over 900 turkeys with all the trimmings.

Don’t miss your chance to make a difference this Thanksgiving! Donate now through November 24!

 

Ways to Get Involved

1) Hold a Food Drive! Gather your friends, family or co-workers to help. Drop off food donations to a Twin Oaks Food Pantry:

Mt. Holly Food Pantry                           Berlin Food Pantry
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 16            128 Berlin Cross-Keys Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060                               Berlin, NJ 08009

Donation Ideas

    • Frozen turkey/ham
    • Canned sweet potatoes/yams
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Canned vegetables
    • Bread/muffin mix
    • Macaroni and cheese
    • Pie filling and crust
    • Stuffing
    • Gravy

2) Donate Online or by Mail! For every $2.71 donated, we can purchase a Thanksgiving meal for someone in need.

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Mail monetary donations to:

Twin Oaks Community Services, Attn: Development Office
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 15, Mt. Holly NJ, 08060

3) Volunteer! Volunteers are needed the week of Thanksgiving to pack bags and distribute food.
Questions? 

Contact Keyanna Turner at 609.267.5928 x99836 or keyanna.turner@twinoakscs.org

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2014 Moorestown Progressive Dinner Photos

Posted on October 20, 2014

Visit our Flickr page to see all the fabulous photos from our tenth annual Moorestown Progressive Dinner!

tnoks1400672014 Moorestown Progressive Dinner Hosts

Thank you to all the hosts, chefs, guests and local businesses that made this event so successful!

-Rachael

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Mental Illness: Time to Make a Difference

Posted on October 8, 2014

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5th through the 11th is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). It is an important opportunity to learn the symptoms of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions.

It also is an opportunity for conversations about mental health care, helping to end the silence that often exists.

One in four adults experiences a mental health problem ever year.

One in five children and teens also experience serious emotional disorders.

1/2 of cases of chronic mental illness begin by the age of 14 and 3/4 by age 24.

Unfortunately, there are long delays−sometimes decades−between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help.

Early identification and treatment can make a big difference for successful management of an illness and; recovery. Yet only1/3 of adults and less than 1/2 of children with mental illness receive treatment. One reason is that symptoms may not be immediately recognized. Another is that stigma and silence surrounding mental illness that discourages many people from seeking help. Still another is lack of access to mental health care.

During MIAW, everyone should learn the symptoms of mental illness. Information about specific diagnoses and treatment options is available from the National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.nami.org or from its HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264.

No one should have to confront mental illness alone. Know where to find help in case it is ever needed. MIAW is a time to learn and to help make a difference.

Find help today. Contact Twin Oaks Community Services at 1-800-963-3377.

This blog post was brought to you by our friends at NAMI.

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Moorestown Progressive Dinner – Cookbook Sneak Peek

Posted on October 6, 2014

Our Moorestown Progressive Dinner is less than two weeks away! We’re busy working on the exclusive cookbook which shares a recipe from each of the amazing chefs participating. Here’s a sneak peek of a recipe from Chef Todd Fuller of Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market:

Double-Stuffed Butternut Squash

Ingredients:
2 butternut squash (1½ – 2 pounds each)
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 pound bacon
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 teaspoons fresh sage
Thinly sliced scallions
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Halve each butternut squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place cut side up on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Roast just until tender, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Decrease oven temperature to 375°F. Cut the bacon into small pieces, and then cook in a skillet until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate.

When the squash is cool enough to handle, carefully scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4” around the edges to keep the squash intact. Mash the squash flesh with 1½ cups of the cheddar, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, and all of the ricotta, sage, and thyme. Add in half of the bacon and stir to combine. Stuff the squash shells with the mashed squash.

Top with the remaining cheddar and Parmesan. Bake until heated through and the cheese on top has melted, about 20 minutes. Garnish with the scallions and the remaining bacon.

– Rachael

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Touch A Truck Photos

Posted on September 30, 2014

Check out all the fun from the 3rd Annual Touch A Truck on our Facebook and Flickr pages!

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– Rachael

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Registration for our Moorestown Progressive Dinner is now open!

Posted on September 16, 2014

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Registration is now open for our Moorestown Progressive Dinner!

Begin the evening with a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception at the beautiful home of Edward and Barbara Omert. From there, move on to share an intimate dinner with friends prepared by a talented area chef in a Moorestown home.

Proceeds benefit the Twin Oaks Food Pantries.

For more information on tickets, sponsorships and more, visit our Moorestown Progressive Dinner page.

– Rachael

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Hands Across The World Suicide Anonymous Meeting and Gathering: September 10

Posted on September 4, 2014

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In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, the Twin Oaks R.I.T.E. Center invites you to Hands Across The World: Suicide Anonymous Meeting and Gathering on September 10th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The meeting will be held at the R.I.T.E. Center at 693 Main Street, Bldg. C, Lumberton, NJ 08048. We are having a pot luck dinner around 8:00pm.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but would still like to participate, you can call in via Skype or phone. In fact, by giving us your Skype Name, you can participate in this gathering from anywhere in the world. In the Continental U.S., you can give us your phone number and we will call you from our Skype phone (661-748-0241 for those of you with caller I.D.). Please send your information to: suicide.anonymous0811@gmail.com. Please RSVP as soon as possible for Skype and phone participants.

For more information, please call Janet at 856-266-0709 or Phil at 856-220-0032 or visit www.suicideanonymous.net.

– Rachael

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650 Backpacks Donated Through Operation Fill-A-Backpack

Posted on September 2, 2014

Twin Oaks Operation Fill A Backpack

THANK YOU to everyone who supported Twin Oaks Operation Fill-A-Backpack drive! With all of the community support, we handed out over 650 backpacks to children in need. YOU gave a child the chance to start the school year with the tools and confidence needed to succeed!

– Rachael

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