Clark & Jean Paradise – Your Grandmother’s Cupboard - 2/3/11

Posted on February 03, 2011

Today I had the pleasure of going to meet Clark and Jean Paradise, my first NJ Heroes of 2011. After going through numerous submissions, I chose the Paradise’s because they truly embodied what it means to be a hero. They saw a need within their community, took action, and spread their good deeds throughout our state. Both in their 80s, they started out by helping people living in a tent-city community nearby by bringing them blankets, clothing, and portable heaters. They learned that these people were lacking personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper. They then discovered that there were many families in their area living in motel rooms and barely getting by. So through various donations of time, money, and supplies from their fellow NJ residents, Clark and Jean started the Cupboard to bring food, clothing, and personal supplies to people throughout the entire state. Today they visit over 25 soup kitchens, shelters, and motels every month bringing their trailers full of donated items to people in need. I thank them for their good work and congratulate them on becoming our first NJ Heroes of 2011!

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  • October 08, 2012 at 9:06 am

    mitch migdon

    What a great organization! I am a guidance counselor in an elementary school in Manahawkin N.J. This information has inspired our school to help Your Grandmother’s Cupboard for our annual “Make A Difference” day. We have raised over 80,000 dollars in the past 10 years plus for various causes. This year we will walk a thon for Your Granmothers Cupboard. If there was any way possible that first lady Mary Pat Christie could be in attendance at our school on Friday Afternoon October 26th 2012 for our culmination and presentation of the money raised, the kids would be thrilled! Since this organization was recognized by Putting New Jersey Heroes First, we thought you too would be excited and possibly able to attend as we help Jean and Clark Paradise in their most worthwhile cause of helping others. We also acknowledge the fact that you are a big supporter of schools and communities working together. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!!

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