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Kevin’s Kids
Donations are being taken at several locations around Manchester and at any Manchester public school for Kevin’s Kids to not only provide toys but include much needed necessities such as clothing and food for around 400 children in Manchester through Friday, December 12.Teachers contact parents of the identified children and develop the wish list of each child. Monetary donations are also accepted at any Manchester school or sent to: sent to Kevin’s Kids Christmas Driver, P.O. Box 4100, 121 Route 539, Whiting, NJ 08759-4100. Click or call 732-350-5900 for more information.

Warmest Wishes Drive
United Way of Monmouth County is in need of individuals and companies to participate in their Warmest Wishes drive for children’s winter clothing! The Warmest Wishes drive will help to supply elementary and middle school students in 5 Monmouth County school districts with new warm clothing, including coats, hats, gloves, socks, underwear, and boots. Donations will be accepted at the United Way’s office on Wyckoff Road in Farmingdale or at Target on Route 9 in Manalapan on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days. Call 732-938-5988 X 2042 for more information.

Festival Of Trees
Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 supports its community philanthropic efforts by sponsoring its first Festival of Trees extravaganza at their Lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River Saturday, December 6 – Thursday, December 18. Areas nonprofits will showcase their creativity and mission by way of a custom decorated tree prominently displayed at the Lodge. Visitors will vote on their favorite tree(s) in the form of a cash donation and enter for the chance to win prizes over the course of the two weeks. On December 18th, the Lodge will host a gala holiday festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring presentations by members of the Garden State Philharmonic’s amateur Youth Orchestra and MasterWorks Community Chorus. Proceeds from the event will benefit the participating nonprofits, as well as the education and community-building activities of the Lodge and the Elks National Foundation. or call 732-349-9660, extension 207 for more information.


Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22

MITM (Music is the Medicine) Theater performs original production PL@Y at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m PL@Y tells the heartwarming, hilarious tale of Ashley, a young woman whose obsession with technology leads her down the proverbial rabbit hole to a strange and distant land. Ashley encounters colorful characters as she tries to find her way back home in a music-and-dance-filled comic romp for the whole family inspired by and featuring the original songs of the Amboys who will be performing live. Call 732.730.5925 or click for tickets and additional information.

Friday, November 21

Festival of Trees
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey holds their Festival of Trees at Ocean County Vocational Technical School on Old Freehold Road in Toms River from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring creatively decorated trees, artwork, jewelry, and other gift items. Call 732-505-2273 or click for more information.

Saturday, November 22

Craft Fair
The Brick Township High School PTSA hosts its’ Annual Craft Fair at Brick Township High School on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick Township from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m dozens of crafters and vendors. Call 732-241-6296 for more information.

Caleb Thompson Fundraiser Pasta Dinner
A fundraiser Pasta and Meatball Dinner in support of Caleb Thompson takes place at the Toms River High School East Cafeteria from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Caleb, a pitcher for the Raiders baseball team, injured his spinal cord during a visit to the beach and was knocked over by a wave which snapped his neck in September and is currently recovering at the Kessler Institute.

Car Wash Fundraiser
An Eagle Scout Car Wash Fundraiser to benefit the Garden State Wildlife Center takes place at the Howell Elks Lodge located at 84 Ramtown-Greenville Road from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-901-8838 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar
Lacey United Methodist Church hosts their Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Call 609-693-5222 for more information.

Craft & New Items Sale
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary presents their Craft & New Items Sale at the Silverton Fire House on Kettle Creek Road in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click 732-908-0943 for additional information.

Holiday Bazaar
St. Peter’s Church holds their Holiday Bazaar at the church at the corner of Throckmorton Street and Main Street in Freehold from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click for more information.

Sunday, November 23

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show
Brick Memorial High School Cheerleaders host their Holiday Craft and Vendor Show at Brick Memorial High School from 11 a.m – 4 p.m. For vending and other information call 732-267-3611.

Friday, November 28

Diller Blind Home Turkey Trot
The 3rd annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk to benefit the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children takes place in Avalon starting at 10 a.m. Click for more information.

Saturday, November 29

Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Church Road in Toms River.

Dare to Dream 5K
The 5th annual Dare to Dream 5K takes place at Freehold Township High School starting at 10 a.m. to benefit the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Chrise Briggs Murrell Scholarship Fund. There will also be a Kids Zone for kids age 10-and-under with crafts, games, face painting and more. Click for more information.

Christmas Bazaar
The Pinelands Regional High School Class of 2016 hosts a Christmas Bazaar at the school from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school in Little Egg Harbor.


Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6

Christmas Wreath & Poinsettia Sale
The Lavallette Volunteer Fire Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Christmas Wreath & Poinsettia Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. For more information call 732-814-0176.

Saturday, December 6

Trail Run/Walk
Poricy Park Conservancy holds its 11th Annual Trail 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run at the park’s Nature Center located at 345 Oak Hill Road in Middletown beginning at 9:30 a.m. Theer is also a 5 Mile Run for the die-hard runner. For registration and additional information click or call 732-842-5966.

Friends of Joe Applegate Dinner
The Friends of Joe Applegate host an All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner fundraiser at the Bradley Beach Firehouse from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Joe is a member of the Bradley Beach fire department and lost everything in a recent fire. Donations may also be sent to Kearny Bank, 501 Main Street, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720 c/o Joe Applegate.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Run
The Lavallette Business Association holds their Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run and Walk starting at 9 a.m. with Christmas music, a snow machine, Christimas cookies station and more. Click for more information.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, Vietnam Veterans Of America Bergen County Chapter 800 and the Jewish War Veterans Department of New Jersey host the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, located at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel at exit #116 of the Garden State Parkway starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah, readings about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and a visit from Santa. The Brick Memorial High School Caroling Choir will lead the crowd in a sing-along of patriotic and holiday songs. Call 732-335-0033 xt. 100 for more information.

Breakfast With Santa
Lacey Elks Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa at their lodge located at 900 Beach Boulevard in Forked River from 9 a.m until 11 a.m. Please bring a wrapped name tagged present so “Santa” can present a gift to that special someone. For more information call 609-693-1281.

Holiday Craft Fair and Gift Auction
The Pt. Pleasant Borough Band Boosters hosts a Holiday Craft Fair and Gift Auction at the Memorial Middle School on Laura Herbert Drive in Point Pleasant Borough from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to benefit the band’s scholarship fund. Call 732-691-3355 for more information.

Bake Sale and Gift Shop
Triboro First Aid Squard of Seaside Park hosts their Christmas Bake Sale and Gift Shop at their firehouse located on the Boulevard at Jay Street from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 for more information.

Sunday, December 7

Craft & Vendor Show
Coping with LM hosts a Craft & Vendor Show at the Leonardo Community Fire House located at Route 36 and Appleton Avenue from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with vendors, free pictures with Santa, kids crafts, holiday dance performance by Essential Elements Dance Studio and more. Coping With LM (Laryngomalacia ) is a Monmouth County-based organization that helps babies with airway defects. Click for more information.

Holiday Brunchraiser
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their Holiday Brunchraiser at Eagle Specialty Coffee, 76A Route 35, Eatontown with two seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Enjoy specialty brunch items from area restaurants in support of The Ashley Lauren Foundation including Direct Family Financial Assistance; Material Assistance; Emotional Support; Parties for the Children; Advocacy; Outings; Birthday and Holiday Gifts for the Children; “Making Dreams Come True.” For tickets and additional information click or call 732-414-1625.

Vendor/Craft Fair
The Jackson Liberty Lion Band holds a Vendor and Craft Fair in the school gym from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with over 60 vendors plus face painting, slot car racing and a visit from Santa Claus. Call 908-415-7281 for more information.

Saturday, December 13

Juried Craft Show
The Marching Dragon Caravan holds their Winter Juried Craft Show at Brick Township High School located at 346 Chambersbridge Road in Brick from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call  848-333-4026 for more information.

Monday, December 22

Hope Concert VII
Bobby Bandiera & Friends return to the Count Basie Theatre for Hope Concert VII, to benefit Horizons and the Count Basie Theatre’s arts education and outreach programs starting at 8 p.m. Click for more information.

Saturday, December 27

Cause Caden Can Fundraising Dinner
A fundraising to benefit Cause Caden Can takes place at Connelly Station in Belmar from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Matt and Jill Zane are both teachers and coaches in the Wall School District. They had triplets four years ago and one of them, Caden, was born with multiple severe medical issues and is unable to walk, talk and eat foods other than through a feeding tube. The parents were so focused on seeking medical attention and getting a diagnosis for Caden that Jill neglected to pick up on medical symptoms she was experiencing. Only in her mid 30’s, Jill was just given the shocking news that she has Stage 4 Breast Cancer that has already metastasized to her bones and two organs. For more information click

Wednesday, December 31

First Night Ocean County
The Seaside Heights Business Improvement District hosts First Night Ocean County, a family friendly New Year’s celebration from 12noon – 5 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with children’s shows, face painters, balloonists, caricature portrait drawings and more at each of the participating arcades along the Boardwalk culminating in a fireworks display at 5 p.m. $5 bracelets go on sale Black Friday at the County Connection inside the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Click for more information.


Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast
The Community YMCA and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County host their 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Branches Catering located at 123 Monmouth Road in West Long Branch from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. The event includes speakers, musical selections and high school essay contest winners. Click or call 732-671-5505 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 7

Butterfly Ball
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their 4th Annual Butterfly Ball and 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoyan evening of fine food, drink and entertainment by Mack and Soul while raising funds and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey. Anita DelPesce and Robert Montesano will also be honored for their work with the Foundation. Click or call 732-414-1625 for more information.

Saturday, February 14

Valentine Plunge
The Joan Dancy and PALS (People with ALS) Foundation hold their 9th annual Valentine Plunge on the Main Beach in Manasquan at 12 noon. The Foundtion’s mission to help people in the Shore area afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families. Click for more information.


Around The Shore

Literacy New Jersey – Ocean County
Nearly 20% of adults in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher train or bus schedule or understand verbal instructions at work or at a doctor’s office. If you are 18 years or older and want to help these people, please contact Literacy New Jersey – Ocean County Programs. They need Volunteer Tutors to teach basic reading, writing and English comprehension skills to residents of Ocean County. Call 732-864-9646 or click for more information.

Lacey Township EMT Seeks Members
Have you always wanted to help others, be an important part of your community and gain invaluable experience while truly making a difference in the lives of others? They can’t offer you a pay-check but can offer rewards and experiences beyond what you would ever receive elsewhere. Lacey Township Emergency Medical Service is looking for new members who are at least sixteen years of age or older to volunteer and staff one of our ambulances. Training provided and no experience is necessary. Instead of watching EMT’s and ambulances on television become one today. Click for an application & or call 609-693-9510.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
The the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. accomplish this through professional in-home counseling, advocacy on behalf of the families, material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items and emergency financial relief. Call 908-322-4323 or click for additional information.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors USA
Neighbors HelpingNeighbors USA is a free, peer-led volunteer job search networking and support group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvgorating their job search.Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed, underemployed individuals and recent college graduates in the fields of business, non-profit, and education, as well as persons re entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work. Click for meeting locations around New Jersey.

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in lives of children battling cancer. Since their inception in 1992, their mission has remained resolute to create innovative free programs to support the emotional needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families too. Located in Brick, CLF’s welcomes groups and individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. Visit or call 732-920-8860 for more infomation.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) holds volunteer training throughout New Jersey. The goal of the CASA volunteer is to facilitate placement of a child into safe, permanent home. They are looking for individuals with a desire to help children – no special background is needed. Call 732-270-6803 or visit for more information.

The Hope Center at the House of Hope of Oceans County, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides help and hope for those who are in need. Their mission is to provide resources, referrals, food and targeted financial assistance to clients as they work to overcome life crisis. Clients come to them with a variety of needs, including shelter for the homeless or to help with other urgent needs, which are paid through their Human Needs Fund.

What if it was your friend or family member who needed life saving blood? Would you be there? TheCommunity Blood Council of New Jersey is there, a not-for-profit blood center helping save lives. Help save lives by donating blood or setting up a blood drive in your area. For more information call the Community Blood Council at 877-244-8365.

Each year, there are over 2 million poison exposures reported to Poison Control Centers across the US. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) has been the state’s regional drug and poison information system for the past 25 years. NJPIES is a non-profit organization that offers poison emergency and drug information services to NJ residents via its hotline (1-800-222-1222). Trained health professionals (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to assist callers with poison emergencies, poison prevention information, drug information, food poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, treatment advice following bites/stings, medication side effects and interactions, etc. All calls are free and confidential. Services are available for the hearing impaired (973-926-8008) and for those who speak languages other than English.

New Jersey’s statewide 2-1-1 Help Line is a 24/7 one-stop, non-emergency call center operated by the United Way for people seeking help & information. Easily accessible by landline, cell phone and the internet at, calls are free & confidential with multi-lingual specialists always available. Specialists can provide information & referral services to callers about a variety of issues including basic human needs resources, support for seniors & persons with disabilities, support for children & families, employment support.

You hoped it wouldn’t happen but it has. You’ve lost your job. You’ve got a family to support. Your skills may be out of date. What do you do now? You need the personal support and services of a unique organization. Professional Services Group is ready to help. They can help you with everything from resume writing to interviewing and everything else you need to showcase your valuable skills. If the unthinkable has happened, don’t hesitate. PSG is a no-cost New Jersey Department of Labor supported volunteer organization for professionals in transition. More Info

The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s at the Ocean County Mall, is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. County residents can learn about programs, services and activities available to them in Ocean County. The County Connection is open regular mall hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. For more information, call (732)288-7777 or visit the County Connection web site at

Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect - Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect is designed to match members of the New Jersey National Guard, a New Jersey veteran or the spouse of a veteran the veteran, to the career that is perfectly suited to them. This initiative focuses on the individual soldier’s strengths and motivations by using a proven Personality Assessment Profile that has been used by over 25K companies to assess over 2.5 million people. This Profile objectively quantifies an individual’s competencies as well as their strengths and potential and matches those core strengths to the requirements of a job. The expected outcome is a career and not just a job – with the employer needs matched to the employee’s career desires. For more information call (609)524-1200.

Dell’Omo Realtors in Plaza II on Route 35 in Ocean Township is teaming with the Monmouth County SPCA to find homes for people and pets. With every home sold Dell’Omo Realtors will sponsor a pet at the shelter. The office will also act as a drop-off location for blankets, towels other items for the MSPCA’s pets. For more information call (732)531-5008 or visit

Ocean County Hunger Relief is collecting children’s clothes, coats, & shoes (sizes infant to teen), book bags, and lunch boxes for needy children in Ocean County. There is a desperate need because the organization almost never has these items. Especially needed are baby items such as diapers, wipes, shampoo, baby wash, etc. The children receiving the donations are either very poor or homeless. Donations may be dropped off at the Hunger Relief office on North Main Street in Toms River or by calling (732) 505-HELP or by visiting

Jersey Shore Partnership - Did you know that bathing water quality at New Jersey’s ocean and bay beaches is checked at least once a week? Testing is done more frequently here than in any other state to make sure that our water is safe for swimming. New Jersey has set the standard for nationwide water quality testing. The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading champion for beach protection and replenishment. To learn more, visit

The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non profit, charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and help to children in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with cancer seeks volunteers throughout the state to help them achieve this goal. Volunteer opportunities include providing material & emotional support, helping with parties & other fun activities for the children, helping with grant writing, public relations and media support, legal assistance, office help and printing services. Please call 732-458-4200 or visit for more information.

Did you know nearly twenty percent of adults living in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher a train or bus schedule, or understand verbal instructions in the workplace? Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach basic literacy and English as a Second Language to local residents in Monmouth County. There are presently students waiting for tutors. They need your help. Training classes are being conducted now and throughout the coming months. Contact Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit

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