Giving Back briefs: Campgrounds donate to Cape Regional cancer center and other news of the volunteer community

Tammy Brodesser Gomez, co-owner of Beachcomber Camping Resort in Lower Township, left, with Cape Regional Medical Center President and CEO Joanne Carrocino, as Gomez delivers a $25,000 donation to the hospital.

Cape Regional donation

Beachcomber Camping Resort in Lower Township, and co-owner Tammy Brodesser Gomez, presented a check for $25,000 to Cape Regional Medical Center in December, for the Thomas and Claire Brodesser Jr., Cancer Center Capital Campaign.

Funds were raised through many fun events at the campground, and Gomez thanked all the local businesses and campers for their support and donations. To date, the campground has contributed more than $321,500, over 19 years.

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David and Maggie Robinson, co-owners of Holly Shores Campground in Lower Township, delivered their second gift toward their three-year, $25,000 pledge to the cancer center campaign this month.

The money came from fundraising initiatives held at Holly Shores throughout the camping season. Maggie Robinson is the daughter of Thomas and Claire Brodesser.

VIM donation

Sturdy Savings Bank donated $2,500 to Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County, to sponsor this year's VIM Day at noon, March 10 at the Avalon Country Club. The brunch is held every year on the anniversary of the opening of VIM's clinic in Cape May Court House.

This is the 11th year VIM will provide free primary care and medication support to the uninsured and those who cannot afford access to health care. It has cared for more than 4,000 patients in more than 24,000 visits, a spokesperson said. Tickets are $50 per person. Visit and download the reservation form or call 609-463-2846.

Spencer donation

Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc., of Egg Harbor Township, known as Spencer Gifts, donated $43,972.50 to the American Red Cross for its Sandy Relief Fund in December.

Spencer's conducted an employee donations drive, which was matched by the company and its officers.

Cleanup effort

Ocean City's nonprofit OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Effort) Project has raised and distributed more than $232,000 to more than 100 families and 35 businesses, a spokesperson said.

The group also said donations of food, clothing, money and volunteer time, has enabled it to supply more than 5,000 hot meals; distribute food and clothing to more than 7,000 individuals; canvas the island to assess needs; help more than 200 families with home repairs, cleaning/mold removal and moving; and place more than 50 families in temporary housing. Donations may be made at or mailed to OCNJ C.A.R.E., PO Box 807, Ocean City, NJ 08226.

Holiday gifts

More than 30 students in Cape Tech's Key Club helped provide a "Dream Come True Christmas" for 23 people in five local families in need. The students brought in gifts for children and adults of all ages, sorted and wrapped them.

Tech's Student Council provided holiday dinners, complete with turkey, to each family. The project was coordinated by members of the Key Club, advisor Sharon Lee Kustra and Lisa Nelson. Cape Caring for Kids made the deliveries.

United Way gift drive

United Way of Ocean County collected and distributed more than $41,000 in gifts donated by individuals and businesses to Ocean County children through UWOC Partner Agencies, during its 2012 Holiday Stars Gift Drive.

Major cash and/or gift donations were made by the Allstate Catastrophe Team; Cowan, Gunteski & Co.,P.A.; Diversified Search; Emcon Associates; Oyster Creek Generating Station and Hecht Trailers.

Support also came from outside the county. The Boonton, Morris County, Star Athletics' Cheer Team delivered $5,000 in new clothing and gifts; the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore delivered $3,000 in gifts; Philadelphia-based Diversified Search contributed $2,600.

Sandy relief

Kessler Rehabilitation Center has donated $4,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, a spokesperson said.

Kessler Rehabilitation Center, the outpatient division of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, has more than 80 locations throughout the state, many of which were impacted by the storm. Those that remained open became charging stations for area residents to power up electronic devices, the company said.

Shop-Rite toy drive

The eight Shop-Rite stores in southeastern New Jersey colllected more than 5,000 toys for about 1,700 needy children over the holdiays, said gift drive organizer Nancy Riess, of Galloway Township.

Shoppers take tags with children's ages and wish lists off of holiday trees, and bring the requested gifts back for distribution through several local nonprofit agencies. Some people brought a bag of toys for one child, Riess said. "It was just incredible."

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