One of the most underrated aspects of the holiday season at the Jersey Shore includes the abundance of charitable occurrences. After all, to really make the holiday season special, it is important to give back to those who need the most help. There are numerous opportunities in Ocean County for residents to donate items or money to local charities. Here is how you can give back during this 2014 holiday season in Ocean County:
The Annual Ocean County Toy Drive is underway now. Drop off locations and bin locations include the Ocean County Mall, Ocean County Clerk’s Office, the Ocean County Courthouse (all in Toms River) and the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Manahawkin. The toys will be distributed across several local towns.
The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will be collecting non-perishable food items. Ocean County drop-off locations include numerous Diane Turton Realtors offices (Brick, Bay Head, Lacey, Lavallette, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach and Toms River), Auto Lenders in Lakewood and Century 21 Pacesetter in Toms River.
The United Way of Ocean County, located in Toms River, presents their Holiday Stars Gift Drive. They are collecting unwrapped toys until December 12th.
Local non-profit Kevin’s Kids will be accepting donations of toys, clothes and food that will be distributed to hundreds of children in Manchester. Until December 12th, you can drop off donations at the following Manchester locations: Ocean County Library in Manchester, Shoprite, Crestwood Family Restaurant, Heritage Restaurant and Stop & Shop.
The Festival of Trees is occurring at the Toms River Elks Lodge #1875. Local non-profits will be showcasing their custom-decorated trees from now until December 18th, with a gala festival occurring that night from 5pm-9pm with live music. The tree that receives the most cash donations at the Festival will be chosen as the winner. The proceeds will benefit the non-profits.