Helping Hands 2012: Crawford House and TASK

Every Christmas, U.S. 1 Newspaper devotes the issue to good deeds done in the community. This year, the Helping Hands issue highlighted the proprietors of  Smith’sAce Hardware and Shop Rite who reach out to Crawford House, a halfway home for recovering women, to offer employment. These businesses, along with ten others, were recently honored for offering employment to the women. They include  Bon Appetit, McCaffrey’s Markets, Jordan’s Stationery and Gifts, Chez Alice, Chartwell’s Dining Services, the Red Oak Diner, Nelson’s Corner Pizza, and Wendy’s.Read the U.S. 1 story here.

You may not realize that any corporate donation to a Princeton-area charity can be featured in the columns of U.S. 1 Newspaper under the heading of Corporate Angels. If you run a charity – or if your company has made a donation – send that item to

For instance, Wegman’s has made a very generous donation to a fundraiser for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Set for January 26 in Levittown, Pa, and put together by  Tehmina Jovindah, this is a $50 plate dinner, complete with live music by David Brahinsky and others, and all of the ticket price will go to TASK. The corporate donors for this event, including Wegman’s and the Ramada in Levittown, will see their names in U.S. 1 Newspapers Corporate Angels column. 

Everyone knows TASK feeds the hungry in Trenton, but there are people in need of food in Princeton as well. To help meet this need, the Cornerstone Community Kitchen at Princeton United Methodist Church opens its doors from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.  Some come for the food, some for the fellowship, all are graciously served a hot meal complete with a decorated table and a piano player in the background.

“All who come to our Cornerstone Community Kitchen will be guaranteed a warm greeting, someone to talk with if they like, and a satisfying meal,” says  Jana Purkis-Brash, pastor at PUMC. The church, located at Nassau and Vandeventer, prepares the meal in partnership with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The meal includes a hot entrée, fresh vegetables, dessert, and a breakfast bag for the children.

It doesn’t stop over the holidays. Cornerstone Community Kitchen will operate on December 26 and January 2. Readers of this blog are most welcome to attend. Says Purkis-Brash: “Please join us in fostering community in our wonderful town.”

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