A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010 Jolly Mouse Craft Show Well Attended

I visited the Jolly Mouse Craft Show at Lloyd Road Elementary School on Saturday. I found a nice gift for my daughter at the Norene's Needles booth. And I got some ideas for unique Christmas gifts for my great nieces at the Amazing Graces homemade dolls booth. (Special orders for these one of a kind dolls can be phoned in to 732-441-0329.)

Amazing Graces

My wife caught up with Jane Johnson and Bernadette Hammond near the auction in the cafe. They are officers in the Hazlet/Aberdeen/Matawan Therapeutic Recreation Program, the organization receiving the proceeds from the craft show. So far the funds raised at the past 26 annual shows have helped the group purchase two 15-passenger vans and one 26-passenger bus. The funds also provide scholarships for students to the summer camp program.

Norene's Needles

The recreation program runs from Mid-March until Mid December. The summer camp program starts in the last week in June and runs through the first week in August. Those with special needs age 7 to adult participate.

The organization is a nonprofit and largely funded and run by the parents, but the three municipalities also provide significant support. For instance, the group uses the Swim Club in Hazlet at no cost. The group has bowling nights at Airport Plaza in Hazlet, cooking classes at the United Methodist Church of Matawan in Aberdeen, and exercise classes at the Aberdeen Community Center. The group sponsors trips to Dorney Park, Cape May, Sandy Hook, and the adults even visit Atlantic City.


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