6 Must-Know Charity Events This October


Walk and raise funds for the medical technology at RWJBarnabas Health’s NICU Unit at the Annual Miracle Walk in Verona, honor loved ones with breast cancer at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk in Ocean City, or help keep our beaches clean at the Clean Ocean Action Fall Beach Sweeps at over 60 locations across NJ. No matter how you choose to give back this month, these events are the perfect way to show your littles how to pay it forward and spend quality time together.

Let us know which event you choose and be sure to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @NJMOM, and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up! Looking for a way to give back this October?

Spread love and give back this month at these NJ charity events:

Annual Miracle Walk to Benefit RWJ’s NICU Unit
October 13, 9AM-1PM
Created by a family in gratitude for the care their daughter received during her stay at RWJ’s NICU Unit, Miracle Walk is in its 18th year. Every October, teams of dedicated family members and friends gather to walk for the NICU Unit, and through their fundraising efforts, brought in $6 million that has been used towards medical technology. Thanks to the charity, they’ve been able to purchase Giraffe Omnibeds, NeoPuff infant resuscitators, neoBLUE LED phototherapy lights and cutting-edge Isolette infant transporters to help treat the more than 1,100 infants cared for yearly.
Verona Park
Verona, NJ
Cost: Create a team and donate

Stomp Out Child Abuse 5K and Family Fun Run
October 5, 9AM
Raise awareness and funds for child abuse and neglect in New Jersey at the Stomp Out Child Abuse 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk this October. The event supports The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center – whose mission is to develop community awareness and provide a coordinated response to child abuse. Run or walk your way around beautiful Thompson Park!
Thompson Park
Lincroft, NJ
Cost: Fun Run $18, 5K $28

Shoreline Heart Walk
October 6, 9AM
With each step, you’re not only supporting the American Heart Association, but also getting heart healthy too! Keep that heart rate up, by joining the Shoreline Heart Walk for a 1 or 3 mile walk on the scenic Asbury Park boardwalk. By doing so, you’re joining millions of others across the nation who walk to raise funds for life-saving science that helps to fight heart disease and stroke, and help us all be healthy for good. 
Asbury Park Boardwalk
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: Varies

Heroes for Kids Cancer Walk/5K
October 6, 9AM
Be a hero for kids with cancer by having your whole fam walk or run the 5K and make some noise to beat childhood cancer! The registration fee includes an event T-shirt, bounce house and balloon artist for the kids, and if you can raise $100, you will receive a gold cape (the official color for Kids Cancer) to wear during the event. If you can’t make it, no worries; you can still be a virtual hero by donating online. 
Giralda Farms
Madison, NJ
Cost: $25, Kids 10 & under are free (but need to be registered)

Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk
October 13, 8:30AM
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and while there are many ways to show your support, a walk-a-thon with your family and friends is meaningful. Making Strides is a nationwide event that unites communities in the fight against breast cancer, and all funds raised go to patient care services and cutting-edge research in helping to eradicate this disease. Enjoy the opening ceremony and honor those who we have lost with each step of the walk. The event is followed by music and activities.
Ocean City High School
Ocean City, NJ
Cost: register and donate

Clean Ocean Action Fall Beach Sweeps
October 26, 9AM-12:30PM
Gather your littles and head to the shore to join thousands of volunteers at Clean Ocean Action’s Fall 2019 Beach Sweeps on the 26th at over 60 NJ locations. Since launching the region’s first Beach Sweeps program in 1985, over 123,000 volunteers have participated and removed over 6.2 million pieces of debris from New Jersey’s beaches and waterways. Not only will you get to spend a day by the sea, but you’ll also be teaching your kids a valuable lesson: Keeping our beaches beautiful and clean will preserve them for future generations.  
Over 60 locations around 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.