10 Must-Know NJ Charity Events This November


We’ve found inspiring acts of kindness for you and your family to participate in this November around New Jersey. From fun runs to lake cleanups, join in on these events and festivities that encourage your children to pay it forward. 

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are some of our favorite ways to give back this month:

Greyhound Friends of NJ’s Pet & Craft Expo
November 10 & 11, 10AM – 4PM
The Greyhound Friends of NJ’s Pet and Craft Expo is the ultimate destination for all your craft and pet needs. The event features vendors and crafts, raffles, 50/50, greyhounds for adoption, a Grey Cafe bake table, informational presentations, and Santa photos (for pets and people!). 
Westfield Armory 500 Rahway Ave.
Westfield, NJ
Cost: $6

PurpleStride New Jersey 2018
November 11, 7:30AM – 11:30AM
PurpleStride returns to Parsippany to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. A signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the PurpleStride is a day when patients, their families and friends can come together to gain both comfort and encouragement. Grab your purple wig and stride. 
Mack-Cali Business Campus, Parsippany, 1 Campus Dr.
Parsippany, NJ
Cost: Register Here

The Water Gala
November 15, 7PM – 11PM
Get ready to make the biggest splash of all time at Rutgers’ very first Water Gala. With food, entertainment, virtual reality, a photo booth, an art gallery, and a water walk, you’ll walk away knowing that you’ve helped someone access clean water. 100% of all profits go towards communities in developing countries that lack clean water access.
Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave
Piscataway, NJ
Cost: $10

Justice Rocks Fair Trade Market and Concert
November 16, 7PM – 10PM
Shop quality goods from dozens of vendors for great prices and enjoy your favorite classic rock hits. Justice Rocks is helping to eradicate human trafficking and present-day slavery. This event will collect gift cards for victims of human trafficking in NJ and helps businesses who have close relationships with those victims, provide food and shelter.
High Mountain Church
North Haledon, NJ 
Cost: free

31st Annual BWC Craft Show & Sale
November 17, 10AM – 3PM
Join the Branchburg Woman’s Club for their annual craft show and sale. It’s been going on for 31 years now, which means it’s a crowd favorite. It features handmade crafts and gifts from local artisans and vendors, a bake sale, and refreshments. This event raises money for various charities and student awards. 
Branchburg Central Middle School, 220 Baird Rd.
Branchburg, NJ
Cost: free

Holiday Bazaar for The English School at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church
November 17, 10AM – 4PM
The English School is a community of adult immigrant students, teachers, and volunteers working together to improve lives through affordable English language learning. Spread the holiday cheer and shop the Holiday Bazaar for original artwork, handmade jewelry, signs and home decor, pet-themed items, soy candles, handmade soaps, handbags, skincare, cosmetics, nail art, air plants, knit items, and therapeutic items. Bonus: There’s cupcakes too. 
1039 Lawrenceville Rd,
Lawrenceville, NJ
Cost: free

Pictures with Santa & Your Pets
November 17 & 18, 11AM – 5PM
Santa’s room is decorated and ready for family photos, plus it’s distraction-free for you and your pets. Each session will walk away with a printed 5×7 picture and the ability to download an electronic copy. Your $20 will be donated to Associated Humane Tinton Falls, whose mission is to provide the highest quality of care to all animals.
Associated Humane Tinton Falls, 2960 Shafto Rd
Tinton Falls, NJ
Cost: $20

Run Your Giblets off 5K Turkey Trot
November 22 at 9AM
Looking for a way to combat the annual Turkey day guilt? Look no further. Bring your friends and family to the next Run Your Giblets Off 5K Turkey Trot, get rid of that foodie guilt, and donate to the food banks of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. 
Cross Farms, 10 Longbridge Rd, Holmdel, NJ
Cost: $25+

55th Anniversary of Brunch with Santa
November 24, 9AM – 12:30AM
Who doesn’t love brunch with Santa? Your $7 donation includes crafts, games, face painting, tricky tray, fun treats, raffles, food, and the Christmas play. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Home Society of NJ’s Foster Care Program. Psst! Don’t forget your camera for a photo with Santa. 
Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrence Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ
Cost: $7, RSVP by November 18th

4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Toy Drive
November 29, 6PM – 8PM
Head to Whitehouse Station for the 4th annual holiday tree lighting celebration at the Ryland Inn. Bring the kids for horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday cookies, music, carolers and a visit from Santa. Make sure to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. 
The Ryland Inn, 115 Old Highway 28,
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Cost: free


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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.