The Newark branch of the Needlework Guild of America provided household linens and new clothing for the poor of the Christina School District from 1922 until 1992. Frequently it worked with Etta Wilson’s Bible class and the subsequent Newark Area Welfare Committee to help in family emergencies. In later years, much of the money collected was used to purchase new shoes for children. The Newark branch of the Needlework Guild of America disbanded in 1992. The Newark Area Welfare Committee, Inc. is now carrying on the tradition started by the Newark branch of the Needlework Guild of America.
The Shoe Committee purchases new shoes for children and adults in need. We receive a grant from the Wilmington Flower Market, and donations from many others to purchase shoes for children. Payless Shoes and Kmart are cooperating merchants. Referral agencies are Emmaus House, Hudson State Service Center, Office of Hispanic Ministry at St. John’s Holy Angels, Newark Empowerment Center as well as nurses from several Newark area schools in the Christina School District.