Letters

Gifts of Warmth

Jan 09, 2019

To the Editor:

St. Francis Human Concerns Department and Family Support Services would like to take this time to thank the community residents, volunteers and businesses that made the “Gift of Warmth” project possible this year.

Our community assisted 279 families who struggle to provide their children with warm clothing this winter. The “Gift of Warmth” project provides children living within our community warm clothing, coats, bedding and footwear.

Thank you to the generous local businesses that hung the project’s gift tags on their trees and wreaths. Gift tags were placed throughout the community at Murphy’s Market, Farias Surf & Sport, Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, The Local, Scojo’s Restaurant, Long Beach Township Police Department, Beach Haven Township offices, Causeway Chiropractic and Dr. Todd and Cynthia Schmoll’s Ocean Medical Center office. Special thanks to the Manahawkin Home Depot Store for donating the use of a box truck to transport gifts from the community center to the distribution site.

This year, we were fortunate to have students from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science Academy return for the fourth year to help us pack and sort the gifts in record time. This helped to expedite the countless hours it takes to organize all of the families’ gifts. We are so grateful for their assistance.

We are thankful for ongoing and new community partners, who donated funds and sponsored entire families in support of the project. We wish to recognize the following community partners for their commitment to this project: LBI Rotary Club, Brant Beach Yacht Club, Fraternal Order of Police LBI Lodge #5, the Soroptimist Club, staff at Manahawkin Home Depot, St. Francis Parish’s Adult and Youth Choirs, St. Francis Counseling Department staff, Zion Church, Jetty Rock Foundation, Surf City borough, Leo Club at Southern Regional Middle School, as well as local residents who sponsored individual families.

We would like to thank the countless residents who purchased gifts or gift cards, or provided monetary donations. Without you, this project would not be successful.

The generosity of our community is made clear by the hundreds of bags of gifts that are organized and dispersed each year to help struggling families provide gifts of warmth to their children. Thank you to the Southern Ocean County community for your generous donations and your continued support of our programs.

Amy Bodine, director

Family Support Services Program

St. Francis Community Center

Brant Beach

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