U Just ASK, a group formed by local women aimed at helping those in need, has been very busy delivering goods, wrapping gifts and dropping off donations to community members in need this holiday season. Created just one year ago, U Just ASK has touched the lives of so many families in the Greater Milford area. They have put together several missions this year including a November Coat Giveaway, Thanksgiving dinners and a Christmas Toy Drive for children. Put quite simply, U Just ASK helps struggling families in our community find the services they need.
“As soon as we decided to put this organization together it took off like a rocket,” stated Lisa Mallard, Treasurer and Board Member of U Just ASK. “We have more people in need than we ever have before and most of them have found themselves in need for the first time.”
The ASK in the organization’s name stands for Actively Supporting with Kindness and promotes a ‘pay it forward’ process of helping individuals in our community so they will in return help others. Through the use of social media, residents in the community simply tell the organization what they are in need of and U Just ASK sends out the request through their community networks. It has become an online community that advances the collective generosity and charity in the town of Milford and surrounding areas.
During their November Coat Giveaway the group gave away over 200 coats, hats, gloves and mittens to area families. The event which took place behind Delmarva Rubber & Gasket Co. Inc. also fed the families who attended through donations made by Troops Barbecue. For Thanksgiving, U Just ASK distributed food baskets and turkeys to over 60 local families in need of food assistance.
“The help that we received by members of the community was overwhelming,” commented Lisa Mallard. “Unfortunately, the need was also overwhelming.”
U Just ASK is currently collecting toys and Christmas gifts for their Toy Giveaway to families with children in need. The list of children continues to grow extensively everyday as the organization tries to make sure every child in our community receives something during the holiday season. On Wednesday, December 28 the gifts will be wrapped and will be given away on Thursday, December 18.
The all-volunteer organization is asking individuals to help in various ways including delivering or picking up donations, making donations, helping with sales or simply by lending support. They are also looking for other area businesses willing to act as donation drop off sites or willing to contribute. To contact U Just ASK visit UJustASK.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa Mallard at 302-393-1986. Individuals are encouraged to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.