Ocean County Press Release
Citizens Encouraged to Donate to Food and Toy Drive

THE Ocean County Sheriff's Department Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive is now under way with plenty of drop-off locations throughout Ocean County.

According to Acting Sheriff William Sommeling requests for help are ahead of last year at this time and all indications are that the demand will be much higher than it was last year.

"We are asking our citizens for their help by dropping off food and new unwrapped toys, at anyone of the locations where drop off bins have been placed," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "These thoughtful donations would go a long way in helping this year's Sheriff's Department Food and Toy Drive be a huge success."

Nonperishable food items and toys can be dropped off in the bins on the first floor of the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River, the Ocean County Justice Complex, 120 Hooper Ave., Toms River, and the Ocean County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse at 118 Washington St., Toms River. In addition, bins are located at the Ocean County One Stop Center – 1027 Hooper Ave., Building 2, Toms River, the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue, Toms River, and the Ocean County Southern Service Center, Route 9 South, Manahawkin.

Several Ocean County libraries also have been designated as drop-off locations. Those branches are Toms River, 101 Washington St., Brick Township, 301 Chambersbridge Road, Whiting Reading Center, Whiting Commons Shopping Center, Route 530, Lakewood, 301 Lexington Ave., Lacey, 10 East Lacey Road and Long Beach Island, 217 South Central Avenue.

Arrangements also can be made to drop off donations at Ocean County Airport, Route 530, Bayville by contacting Sergeant Greene and Sergeant Giardina at 732-341-7928.
Anyone wishing to donate new toys for children ages 1 to 12 are being asked not to wrap them. And the last day to donate is Dec. 20.

"All toys and food items stay within the County and are provided to those families who are less fortunate and need assistance," Sommeling said. "From our Ocean County employees, to organizations to individuals, so many people have been generous in the past, we are hopeful they will help again this year.

"As Ocean County continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy, we are aware that many families went without Christmas last year," he said. "We want to change that and make sure everyone has a holiday that is filled with hope for the coming New Year."

Anyone wishing to receive toys must register by filling out the Sheriff's Toy Drive Application Form which can be accessed from the Ocean County Sheriff's Department home page at www.co.ocean.nj.us/OCsheriff or by contacting Lori Howardson at the Sheriff's Office at 732-929-4756.

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