Book sale a success

Egg Harbor Township High School student Caroline Tesone's December book sale raised more than $1,000 for The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families in Northfield. The sale at her high school sold about 1,600 books, Tesone said.

The 11th-grader said she planned and organized the event with classmates and fellow members of the Future Business Leaders of America club, Naheel Naber and Morgan Schmidt, and with the help of teacher and adviser Joseph Cottrell, and members of the Key Club and FBLA.

Campgrounds donate funds

David and Maggie Robinson, co-owners of Holly Shores Campground in Lower Township, donated $8,344 to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House recently, raised during fundraising events at the campground last summer.

The donation is the final installment of the campground's three-year, $25,000 pledge. It will go toward the Intensive Care Unit Renovation Project, for the renovation of a patient room on the unit.

Tammy Brodesser Gomez, representing the Brodesser family that owns Beachcomber Camping Resort in Cape May, delivered a $26,000 donation to Cape Regional last month. The money was raised at "fun raisers" at the campground last year.

It will be used for the Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Over 18 years, Beachcomber events have raised more than $296,500 for the hospital, the family said.

Christmas collection

St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City raised $12,000 for charity during its Christmas Eve service this year, said Senior Pastor Brian Roberts and Church Council Chair Steve Croft.

The collection more than doubled from its usual level of $5,000. Half of the money will go to local charities. The other half will be used to build houses for the poor and install a water filtration system in Los Cocos, Dominican Republic.

Helping the homebound

For the third year, teachers at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School in Mays Landing, cooked dinner for local homebound people in lieu of a holding a holiday party.

The teachers and staff prepared 27 dinners and baked two dozen cookies to provide cookie trays with the meals. The teachers and staff delivered them to area homes, a representative said.

Helping the troops

A four-month service project by Egg Harbor Township's Boy Scout Troop 389 and Atlantic Christian School in Egg Harbor Township sent 250 gift boxes filled with Boy Scout Caramel Corn, other treats and toiletry items to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.

The first shipment of 150 gift boxes arrived in December, according to Peter Karabashian, Committee Chair of Troop 389, who oversaw the project. A second shipment of 100 boxes should arrive this month. Nearly 30 organizations and businesses made donations, Karabashian said.