Help Provide Holiday Gifts to Children & Families

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Jill Jachera collecting holiday gifts for the St. Nicholas Project at the YWCA Princeton.

YWCA Princeton’s St. Nicholas Project is seeking help to spread cheer this holiday season. The project provides holiday presents to help local families in need. Gifts can be donated by community members, individuals, families and businesses.

The St. Nicholas Project was founded in 2000 by Princeton resident and long-time YWCA supporter Jill Jachera, who saw the need to help families in Princeton. “With limited resources, many parents, especially those new to this country, struggle to make the holidays special for their children. My husband and his family moved to the USA when he was four, with no money and no English speaking skills. But he still remembers the acts of kindness from strangers that made his family feel welcome. We want to pay it forward and do the same for immigrant families and other families in need throughout Princeton,” shares Jachera.

The project, originally called the ‘YWCA Adopt-a-Family’, was renamed after its first year in memory of Jachera’s nephew Nichols Nutile, who was killed in an automobile accident in 2001. She continues to lead the drive each year encouraging businesses and individuals to join her effort to enrich the lives of local families and strengthen our community.

Any individual, organization, family, and business can participate, by choosing to sponsor a family or an individual. Toys, clothes, gift cards and food are greatly needed and appreciated. Contact Jill Jachera at by December 5 with your current contact information (name, email address, and phone number) and you will be provided with a ‘wish list’ for a particular family and/or individual. Gifts should be new and unwrapped, and must be dropped off on Tuesday, December 11, between 8 AM and 12 noon at the YWCA Princeton’s Bramwell House located at 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.

For those who wish to contribute and cannot shop, a tax-deductible donation can be made to the YWCA Princeton. By indicating the donation is for the St. Nicholas Project, the entire donation will be used to provide scholarships for students in the Young Wonders Child Development Center.