…..that’s what Hamilton Free Public Library is all about. We take our role as a central meeting place in the township quite seriously. And we feel a responsibility to our patrons and others who may be less fortunate than ourselves. Therefore, we offer you the following opportunities to “pay it forward”.
The Giving Tree is currently set-up by our elevator. Share in the true holiday feeling of love and embody the spirit of our community by participating in The Giving Tree, located in the lobby of the Library. During the month of December, take a tag from The Giving Tree, purchase the item, return the item to the Library, and place the item in the baskets near the elevator on the main floor. Help us collect nonperishable food items for those in need. All food will be donated to Hamilton residents and local food pantries.
We are a drop off point for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Since its inception in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has worked to provide free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. For a decade, the charity’s longstanding calling card program, Minutes That Matter has provided servicemen and women with an estimated 3 million prepaid calling cards, equating to more than 213 million minutes of FREE talk time.
There is a clothing bin located in our parking lot, collecting clothing and shoes for the Rescue Mission of Trenton. The Mission currently derives approximately 30% of its annual operating revenue from the salvage and resale of clothing, furniture and household items donated by the public.
We sponsor an ongoing Food Drive to collect nonperishable food items that are donated to numerous charitable organizations. These organizations include Catholic Charities, HomeFront, the Mount Carmel Guild, Pearson Memorial United Methodist Church, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), and Womanspace, Inc. From November 2012 to the present over 10,053 items have been collected and distributed.
The Socks in the Box Drive entitled “Warm Feet, Warm Hearts… Toasty Toes and Soles” continues to spark enthusiasm among the Library’s patrons and friends. The Socks in the Box Drive began on February 2, 2015 and is ongoing. The goal of this drive is to collect an abundance of new men’s, women’s, and children’s socks for the less fortunate. To date, 307 pairs of men’s socks, 318 pairs of women’s socks, 74 pairs of boys’ socks, and 90 pairs of girls’ socks have been collected. The socks will be divided between Pearson Memorial United Methodist Church and the Rescue Mission of Trenton.