POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant [WCPP] joined volunteers across the country to participate in Operation Yellow Ribbon, collecting and filling 174 stockings to send to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas.
According to organizer Patricia Sullivan, club members have been collecting donations from the community — gifts and personal items for inclusion in holiday stockings. The group filled two carloads of donations and delivered them to Operation Yellow Ribbon on Oct. 25.
The Woman’s Club was also able to raise $1,154 for the organization’s charitable operations.
“The woman’s club is very happy with all of the support from their members as well as the community,” said Ms. Sullivan.
Operation Yellow Ribbon is described by its organizers as a 501[c] non-profit organization composed entirely of volunteers to show support for United States Military forces serving in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and those supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.
Another Woman’s Club holiday initiative is aimed at children in the borough.
As a fundraiser for the club, and to bring holiday spirit, for just $5 borough children will receive a personalized letter from Santa all thanks to the communication between the club and the North Pole.
For those families who wish to receive a letter, the club asks participants to send an envelope containing the child’s letter to Santa inside another envelope, a $5 check payable to WCPP as well as information for the child: first name, a trusted adult who may have contacted Santa or his elves, and one thing from the child’s list they are certain to get.
“Their letter will include a sentence such as ‘Susie, your Mommy told my elves you have been particularly good. That makes me so happy. Keep it up and that doll you wanted will be under your tree,'” a club press release reads.
Letters may be mailed to WCPP Santa Letters, 513 St. Louis Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Letters can also be dropped off at the club at the above address. The deadline to submit letters and receive a response is Dec. 19.
The Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant has served the local communities since 1927.
Their varied projects include scholarships to both high schools, support of Valentine House, Operation Yellow Ribbon — stockings for soldiers, Operation Cuddly Comfort — baby dolls for Alzheimer patients, projects for the elementary schools and so much more.
Membership is open to all women in the area. The club meets on the fourth Thursday at their clubhouse.
Due to COVID, lunch will not be served, and the socially distanced meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Anyone uncomfortable attending in-person can join the meeting by Zoom. For information about the club and membership please contact Cheryl at 732-300-5594.