16th Annual Gifts for Giving Events - Dec 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, & 11thDecember, 2017
A O.K.'s 16th annual Holiday Gifts for Giving Events were our most successful events to date!
The 16th Annual A O.K. Gifts for Giving Events took place in 8 different locations this year.
On December 2nd, the Dr. Mennies School of Vineland, NJ, and J. Mason Tomlin Elementary School of Mantua, NJ, hosted events for 50 children.
On December 3rd, Drexel University of West Philadelphia, PA hosted the first A O.K. event outside of New Jersey, which served 20 children.
On December 9th, St. Charles Borromeo Church of Winslow Township, NJ and Toyota of Turnersville in Williamstown, NJ hosted events for 45 children total.
On December 10th, Rowan University, located in Glassboro, NJ and the Pfeiffer Center, in Williamstown, NJ, hosted Gifts for Giving events that served 48 children total.
On December 11th, Woodbury Junior-Senior High School, in Woodbury, NJ provided 30 children with the Gifts for Giving experience.
In addition to these annual events, A O.K. coordinated with Toys for Tots to provide 29 families living in the NIA Amity Heights Apartment complex of Bridgeton, NJ with a literal truck-load of toys for this Holiday season!
Due to the generosity of our volunteers and donors, A O.K. was able to help more than 200 children experience the gift of giving to their loved ones this year. We cannot thank every single person, company, and organization enough for their help and support. Whether you donate your money, time, or both, we could never accomplish such an incredible season without you all.
15th Annual Gifts for Giving EventsDecember, 2016
A O.K. marks the 15th anniversary of the Holiday Gifts for Giving season!
A O.K. kicked off their 15th annual Gifts for Giving Events in December of 2016. During these events, children from local areas were paired with a sponsor to shop for gifts for their family members.
Locations included Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, the Pfeiffer Community Center in Williamstown, NJ, the Toyota of Turnersville car dealership, and more.
Thank you to all who helped make our 15th year possible!
14th Annual Gifts For Giving Events - 2015December, 2015
Local children participated in 5 different locations for A O.K.'s 14th Annual Gifts for Giving Holiday Events.
The first three events kicked off on December 5th, taking place at the Dr. Mennies School in Vineland, NJ, the St. Charles Borromeo Church in Turnersville, NJ, and at Toyota of Turnersville in Williamstown, NJ.
The Toyota of Turnersville event was organized by longtime A O.K volunteer, Susan Citrino, and sponsored by GM at Toyota of Turnersville, Jason Skinner. Jason and Toyota graciously hosted the event at the Toyota facility.
25-35 children from the local communities were assisted by A O.K volunteers at each event. From getting to know each other over cookies and pizza to shopping at the local Walmart with one another, both volunteers and children enjoyed a one-in-a-million experience together.
On December 6th, 94 of Rowan University's student athletes, led by Assistant Athletic Director, Dave Naphy, provided the Gifts for Giving experience to 35 additional children. To read the article or to view pictures of the Rowan University event, please click on the buttons below.
The 5th and final event of the season took place on December 15th at the West End Memorial Elementary school in Woodbury, NJ, which served an additional 30 children. A O.K co-founder, Pete Eobbi, and his wife, Kristen Eobbi, organized the event as their three daughters attend school in the Woodbury district. In addition to the Gifts for Giving Woodbury Event, A O.K. partnered with Chick-fil-A for a fundraiser which provided A O.K. with a ten-dollar donation for each purchase of a chicken nugget tray.
We have yet to confirm the rumors, but the children claim to have spotted Santa at each event. In addition, they say they received a personal gift from him for themselves!
Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors for giving us the means to provide the A O.K. experience for more than 200 children!
13th Annual Gifts for Giving EventsDecember, 2013
A O.K.'s 13th year of serving children in the surrounding local areas.
Over 100 children were provided the opportunity to experience the joy of giving to their families for our 13th annual Holiday Gifts for Giving Events.
The Dr. Mennies Elementary School, located in Vineland, NJ, hosted the first event on December 6th. On Sunday, December 7th, Rowan University and volunteer students hosted local families from the Glassboro area. On the 16th, Woodbury Junior-Senior High School hosted its second annual Gifts for Giving event.
This couldn't be possible without the incredible support from our sponsors, volunteers, and teachers. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to make this event so special.