OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department’s Annual Toy Drive is upon us once again. Just like in years past, the toy drive invites everyone come out for a good cause and be a part of the joy of giving, during the holiday season. This drive collects toys for boys and girls of all ages and distributes them to families in need during the holidays.
Every child, no matter how old, loves to open up a brand new gift on Christmas morning. You can help make this a reality by dropping off new or unwrapped toys to any of the toy bin locations provided by County. The children in need will no doubt light up at the sight of your generous donation, when the toys are scheduled to be delivered on Dec. 16 and 17.
Last year, the drive supplied toys to more than 900 children throughout the County, according to Sheriff Michael Mastronardy.
This year, the Sheriff noted that the drive is especially in need of toys for children ages 10-15.
“It’s gratifying that so many people in the past have donated and helped. We are hoping to see the same response this year in helping our neighbors,” said Mastronardy.
So fill up your sleigh and ride it over to any of the various drop-off locations all over Ocean County before Dec. 20! These toy drop-off locations include: Ocean County Clerk’s Office, Ocean County Courthouse, Ocean County One Stop Center, Ocean County Administration Building, Ocean County Southern Service Center, County Connection and the Ocean County Training Center. You can also drop toys off at any branch of the Ocean County Library that is closest to you.
“The county staff is helping to make a difference this holiday season,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari. “We are collectively asking the citizens to do what they can to help.”
For those residents that might be in need of some assistance with toys this Christmas, don’t hesitate to register by filling out the Sheriff’s Toy Drive Application Form by Dec. 13.
For more information, call 732-929-2161.