New clothing donations will be accepted throughout April for women and children who have been the victims of sexual assault. Sponsored by the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, the clothing drive is part of the commission’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. The drive will assist the St. Francis Sexual Abuse and Assault program which will distribute the items through local emergency rooms.
Needed clothing items for women include new sweatpants, sports bras and underpants of all sizes including extra-large. New children’s sweatshirts, sweatpants, underwear and socks are also requested. For more information, contact Marie-Elena Sodeikes of the Women’s Commission or Terri Battaglio, of the Ocean County Department of Human Services at 732-506-5374.
New clothing items can be dropped off at the following locations:
- Causeway Ford, 375 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays
- County Connection, Ocean County Mall, Hooper Avenue, Toms River
- Family Resource Center, The Ocean Club, 700 South Route 9, Stafford Township, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, 1405 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
- H & R Block, 110 West Main Street, Tuckerton, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
- Ocean Mental Health Services, 160 Route 9, Bayville, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays
- Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River, first floor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Ocean County Department of Human Services, 1027 Hooper Ave., Toms River, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St., Manahawkin, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
- St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Township, center hours.
Donations also can be dropped off at the following County Library locations:
- Brick Township Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick Township
- Long Beach Island Branch, 217 South Central Ave., Surf City
- Manchester Township Branch, 21 Colonial Drive, Manchester Township
- Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River
- Upper Shores Branch, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette