You may have read the story of the guy that spent $10K paying off dozens of peoples layaway bills in South Jersey.

It happened on Black Friday and prompted us to talk about when you've done it or had someone do it for you. Lots of the calls brought tears to your eyes, but one in particular touched everybody, especially if you've ever had someone living in a nursing home or assisted living.

More than material things, or even necessities of life, giving your time to someone who really needs the company is probably the best thing you can do any time of year, but especially around this time.

If you want to volunteer your time to the elderly reach out to the Volunteer Advocate Program sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly. You can call call (609) 826-5053 or go to

For more ways to get involved, you can visit Create the Good and VolunteerMatch to find locations closet to you.

The above post is sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, which supports the programs and services of the hospital. Donations to Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation go directly to helping pioneer new specialized care and serve more children in need. To help, or for more information: visit; find Children's Specialized Hospital on Facebook, or follow on it on Twitter.


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