Gift run

Alexandra Shuster, 20, of Margate, continued her annual tradition of delivering toys and clothing to Shore Medical Center's Pediatric Care Center on Nov. 21, to brighten the holidays for Shore's pediatric patients.

It started as a community service project eight years ago for her Bat Mitzvah at Beth El Synagogue in Margate. Now she's a junior at Penn State University, studying psychology.

Holiday party

Atlantic Cape Community College students held their annual Adopt-a-School holiday party for more than 30 first- and second-grade students from the Woodbine Elementary School on Dec. 3, at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus.

Atlantic Cape's Student Government Association, in association with student clubs, treated the students to a day of music, craft projects, holiday singing, games, story telling and a surprise visit from Santa.

Scholarship award

Two $300 Donna Wise-Kelleher Memorial Cosmetology Scholarships were awarded to first-year students in the Cape May County Technical School's high school cosmetology program. The money is for use purchasing cosmetology kits. The recipients are sophomore Kylie Rodia, of Rio Grande; and sophomore Ashley Hennessey, of Del Haven in Middle Township.

The scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Wise-Kelleher, a Cape May County Technical School Cosmetology graduate and owner of Salon Allure in North Cape May.

Coffee donation

Dunkin' Donuts franchisee Arun Mandi, who owns donut shops in Atlantic and Cape May counties, is distributing 100,000 free coffee coupons through relief organizations to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The "Be My Guest" vouchers, for one free medium cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, are valid at any Dunkin' Donuts in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Mandi's group also made a $5,000 donation to OCNJ C.A.R.E and helped bring a Dunkin' Donuts truck with hot coffee to an American Red Cross shelter in Atlantic City just days after the storm.

Law firm's donation

The Parker McCay law firm will make a $17,040 donation to local Red Cross organizations, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, for Hurricane Sandy relief, the firm said recently.

The funds were raised from the firm's employees in Atlantic City, Mount Laurel in Camden County, and Lawrenceville in Mercer County. The firm matched employee giving, and Managing Shareholder and CEO Philip A. Norcross and his wife, Carole, matched the combined employee and firm contributions.

Sandy meals

Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association partnered with Campus Kitchen to provide more than 600 meals for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The ACCCEA has also helped students replace more than $2,000 worth of college text books.

Guardian angels honored

Shore Medical Center Foundation honored more than 70 of the medical center's Guardian Angel pin recipients on Dec. 6.

The group included physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff named a Guardian Angel by the people they cared for or worked with in 2012. The nominations were made through donations to the hospital.

Training program

Caring for Kids, of Cape May Court House; Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River & Its Tributaries, of Millville; and Grace Initiatives, of Lacey Township, are among 15 groups that will participate in the 2012 Non-Profit Resilience Institute, run by The Community Foundation of South Jersey.

The training helps executive directors, board members, and senior staff improve their capacity to withstand challenging economic times. Visit CFSJ at

Sandy donation

Robert's Steakhouse of New York, located in Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, held its opening event on Nov. 8.

Owner Bob Gans, of Brooklyn, N.Y., announced a donation of $5,000 to the United Way of Atlantic County to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Samaritan's purse

Southern New Jersey residents brought 10,800 shoe boxes packed with school supplies, toys and necessity items for children overseas to six sites for Operation Christmas Child in November. Donors can still contribute at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

This year, the Samaritan's Purse project expects to reach a milestone-collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children in 130 countries since 1993. Call 410-772-7360.