April 11, 2017
Organization Brings Comfort and Support to Cancer Heroes
Robbinsville, New Jersey – In most basements, you’ll find some cast-off furniture, boxes of decorations, sports equipment, and maybe a ping pong table. But in Beth Elwood’s basement, there are shelves upon shelves of handmade blankets, treats, coloring books, personal care items, and bags full of goodies, all destined for people who are battling cancer. Elwood, a breast cancer survivor, is the founder and president of Hearts United Against Cancer, which assembles and delivers or ships “Care & Comfort Bundles” to men, women, and children who themselves are battling cancer.
Grants totaling $10,000 from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations will support Hearts United Against Cancer’s Care & Comfort Bundle program. These grants will enable the organization to continue its mission of delivering comfort and support to “Cancer Heroes,” who Hearts United defines as “men, women, and children who are battling cancer,” through its Bundle program.
Hearts United Against Cancer applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.
“These grants will aid our mission,” explained Elwood. “We deliver or ship personalized Care & Comfort Bundles to individual Cancer Heroes as well as deliver Bundles to 19 hospitals and treatment centers in our tri-state area. We deliver or ship an average of 400 Bundles a month.”
Elwood said the Bundles can include many items in addition to handmade blankets or pillows, including stuffed animals, toys, toiletries, stationary, books, puzzle books, reusable water bottles, coloring books, art supplies, and much more.
“Hearts United Against Cancer is an all-volunteer organization,” said Elwood. “Each one of us either has personally dealt with cancer – individually or by supporting a loved one. That first-hand experience gives us the heart, empathy, and spirit that we bring to each and every part of our organization.”
Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Pitman Branch Manager Rennie Resalsingh presented Elwood with the grants, along with Pitman Assistant Branch Manager Carole Clark. Resalsingh said, “Providing comfort and support to someone dealing with cancer can be so critical to that individual and their family. Investors Bank is grateful to Hearts United for taking care of our Cancer Heroes and appreciates the opportunity to be of assistance.”
Photo Caption: Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Pitman Branch Manager Rennie Resalsingh (left) and Pitman Assistant Branch Manager Carole Clark (right) recently visited Beth Elwood (seated), founder and president of Hearts United Against Cancer, at her home, to present grants totaling $10,000 from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations.