December 2020 Newsletter

Last Months Wrap Up!


The West Morris Junior Women's Club would like to welcome our newest members Nikki Peck, Tracy Puzino, and Angie Kennedy. We are grateful to have you! Angie had a wonderful experience at her first meeting and told us, "I really enjoyed meeting everyone and love what the group does for the community. I've been looking for a way to get involved and meet people in the area so this seems like a perfect fit". What wonderful feedback! This is why we are here. We create a local place for service, fellowship, and FUN! The WMJWC is always welcoming new members if YOU are considering joining.


Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Success

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was a great success raising more than ever before! As a result, the WMJWC was able to deliver $10,250 to Family Intervention Services, $2,100 to both Market Street Mission and $2,100 Nourish.NJ. We would like to thank our event chairs, Kristen Schutzman and Amanda Valenta for their dedication and hard work.

Congratulations to the winning classes in the Mendham school competition!

Hilltop Elementary

1st place - Ms. Crist's 3rd grade $1,090

2nd place - Mrs. McGoldrick's 4th grade $810

3rd place - Ms. Largo/Ms. Eagan's 3rd grade $740

Mendham Township Elementary

1st place - Mrs. Johnson's Kindergarten $960

2nd place - Mr. O'Keefe's 2nd grade $520

3rd place - Mrs. Smyth's 4th grade $515

Mendham Township Middle School

1st place - Mrs. Cyr's 8th grade $480

2nd place - Mr. Hooker's 8th grade $380

3rd place - Miss Kavalos's 6th grade $240


Congratulations to our 2020 Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners!


Thank you Taryn Sommella and Jill Braman for leading our first ever pumpkin decorating contest! With over thirty submissions for our contest the competition was fierce but the winners obvious! Winners received gift cards to the Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester. Congrats to our winners and enjoy your delicious treat on us! Best Overall: The Gunn Family Scariest Pumpkin: The Patel Family Miss/Mr. Congeniality: The Colon Family Funniest Design: The DeSiena Family Most Creative: The Caffrey Family Click here to see all of the award winning pumpkins!


Best Overall: The Gunn Family


2020 Holiday Luminary Sales are HAPPENING NOW!



Proceeds from the WMJWC residential holiday luminary Sales provide gifts to families supported by Family Promise of Morris County. Most items on these wish lists are essentials we often take for granted like clothes, shoes, cutlery, or a crock-pot. You can turn these wish lists into a dream come true! Our luminaries kits consist of classic white paper bags and LED tea lights. Lights are NEW flameless lights and brighter than ever before!

2020 has been a challenging year for many, including some of our neighbors. As a result, the WMJWC thought about how we could use luminaries to bring warmth to all people in surrounding communities. We invested in additional inventory and got the green light to illuminate Main Street in Chester! Proceeds from any luminaries purchased to light Main Street will be donated to families supported by the Chester/Mendham Food Pantry, right here at home. As always, we need you and can't do what we do without YOU. Click here to donate luminaries to be placed 6 feet apart all the way down Main Street. With your help, we will create an experience of enchantment, love, and support for all of Chester to see on December 24th at sundown. It will require $2000 in total donations to make this possible and we have currently raised just over $600. Anything you can offer is appreciated and we hope you and your family pack in the car on December 24th to see the spectacular Main Street, Chester!




Purchasing luminaries for your personal property, street-front, or development are still available but limited due to high demand. There are currently less than 350 lights available for private homes to purchase! Luminary sales end on 12/10 or until supplies last. Don't wait to place your order and click here to purchase lights now! And just in case luminaries or holiday decor isn't your kind of thing, we respect that! You can still help a family by making a donation through our form without the lights or legwork!


Are you considering becoming a WMJWC member?

Attend our next general meeting on Thursday, December 10th, 2020 Location: Chester Field House with a virtual option via Zoom Time: In-person gathering at 7:30pm, and meetings start promptly at 8:00pm sharp Visitors and new members always welcome!


From our WMJWC families to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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