The Manasquan and Sea Girt police departments, in partnership with local ministries, are planning a holiday toy drive.
This year’s effort will be part of Faith and Blue, a national initiative that engages police and faith-based networks to promote the betterment of local communities.
It will be the third such drive for the Manasquan Police Department, where Officer Johne Ringo explained that the choice to include local ministries and the Sea Girt police was made to bridge the gap between local communities and improve the effectiveness of the drive.
The toy drive is supported by the Manasquan Area Ministerium, which is a collection of churches and religious organizations throughout local towns. This past week, St. Denis Church held a prayer service on behalf of the toy drive, with the Manasquan and Sea Girt Police Departments both in attendance.
Donations from the toy drive are being split and sent to the Monmouth County Division of Child Protection and Permanency [DCP&P], and the Navy League Angel Program.
The Monmouth County DCP&P is a child welfare agency that seeks to provide safety and security to children. Toys from the drive will be provided to children in need.
The Central Jersey Naval League is a non-profit organization that provides assistance and support to active duty and retired military personnel. The league’s Angel program provides toys, giftcards, and fundraising to support local children who have parents actively serving in the military.
The toy drive is set to take place on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Saint Denis Church in Manasquan. All donated toys must be unwrapped, and any gift cards cannot exceed $25.
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