This holiday season, you can give back by participating in these events:
Volunteers needed on Christmas Day
Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township is looking for local residents who are available to volunteer a few hours on Christmas Day so that regular employees may be with their families for the holiday. This heartfelt tradition was begun more than 30 years ago by the late Lowell Gluck, who was president of Beth El Synagogue in Margate. Since then, people of all faiths and ages have traditionally participated. Volunteers will fill various positions from receptionist to working in food service, maintenance, transporting patients or assisting in entertainment such as arts, crafts and bingo, as well as socializing with the residents. Shifts are available during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Email Missy Rundio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Light Outreach collecting donations
City Light Outreach is partnering with local churches and groups to hand out wrapped “blessing boxes” in Atlantic City 9 a.m. Christmas morning outside the Atlantic City Library. The organization is collecting donations of toiletry items and gently used coats through Thursday, Dec. 20 for placing inside the wrapped gift boxes. Volunteers also are encouraged to sign up to help hand out boxes and serve food during the Christmas outreach. Those who would like to donate items or volunteer Christmas morning can email Stephanie Howard at Steph.Howard24@gmail.com. For more information on the organization, go to CityLightOutreach.org.
Starfish Angel Tree
Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is collecting gifts for its Starfish Angel Tree to benefit children ages 16 and younger staying at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Stop by the Credit Union at 1434 New Road in Northfield; 326 Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township; or the William J. Hughes Technical Center (restricted access), and select a tag from the tree in the lobby. New gifts should be returned unwrapped in a gift bag with the tag by Dec. 19. For more information, call 609-609-382-4356 or visit jerseyshorefcu.org.
Mrs. Brizzle’s Coat Drive
The Mrs. Brizzle’s Annual Coat Drive in Sea Isle City accepts donations of gently used and new coats, jackets and fleece hoodies of all sizes. Bring items to Mrs. Brizzle’s Buns & Deli, 4601 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun-days. All items collected will be delivered to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. For more details, call 609-263-2773.
Food Bank of South Jersey
Donate funds, drop off a frozen turkey or other meal essentials to Food Bank of South Jersey for families in need. For more information visit www.foodbanksj.org or call 856-662-4884.
Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Volunteer to prepare meals or donate items like food products, medications and first aid products, towels and wash cloths, personal care items, paper products, baby care items or give a monetary donation. For more information, visit acrescuemission.org or call 609-345-5517.
Hamilton Mall’s Giving Tree
Take a tag from the Giving Tree in Carousel Court daily through Dec. 19, shop for the gift and donate it at the Customer Service Center. The Atlantic City Rotary Club will wrap and donate the gifts to the Robins’ Nest Santa’s Workshop to be distributed to kids in need this holiday season. For information, call 609-382-4727 or visit ShopHamilton.com.
ACUA holiday food drive
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is asking Atlantic County residents to place nonperishable food items at the curb on their recycling collection day as part of the 28th annual Holiday Food Drive, taking place through Dec. 14. ACUA recycling crews will collect the food in conjunction with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups. To participate, fill any bag or box with your donation and leave at the curb on your recycling day. For information, call 609-272-6934 or visit ACUA.com/FoodDrive.
Wyatt Hopkins Blue Christmas Toy Drive
Rob and Desiree Hopkins, of Somers Point, are organizing a toy drive in memory of their son, Wyatt Hopkins, through Monday, Dec. 17. All toys collected will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before Christmas. They are in need of toys, craft supplies, books, video games, and movies for kids ranging from infants to adolescents. Dropoff locations include Clancy’s by the Bay, 101 E. Maryland Ave., Somers Point; Shore True Value Hardware, 515 New Road, Somers Point; Snap Fitness, ShopRite shopping center Bethel Road, Somers Point; and Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield. For more information, email WyattStrong@yahoo.com.
Teamsters Local 331 Holiday Toy and Food Drive
Local 331 is collecting new toys, unexpired canned goods and other non-perishable items. To donate, drop items off at 1 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City. For information call 609-641-2331. The drive will be run through Dec. 18.
Holiday toy and coat drive
Stafford Township PBA Local 297 and the Stafford Recreation Department are conducting a gift drive through Dec. 21. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, age-appropriate gifts, gift cards or certificates, or winter coats of all sizes for boys and girls, newborn through age 18, may be dropped off at the Bay Avenue Community Center, 775 E. Bay Ave., weekdays during business hours or anytime at the Police Department, 260 E. Bay Ave. For information, call 609-597-1000, ext. 8573, or 609-597-1000, ext. 8583, or visit StaffordNJ.Gov.
Vineland Veterans Memorial Home
Volunteer or donate wish-list items to the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home which include body wash, tissues, clothing, diabetic socks, gift cards from Walmart, Target, Visa, Amazon, suspenders, belts and more. For more information visit www.nj.gov or call 856-405-4213.
South Jersey Dream Center
Volunteer or donate clothes, food, non-food groceries, household items, baby items, and/or services to those in need. Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information visit www.southjerseydreamcenter.org or call 856-845-4500
Salem County Humane Society
Volunteer with Salem County Humane Society at its animal shelter and help with daily activities. For more information, call 856-299-2220 or visit salemcountyhumanesociety.org./volunteer.html or call 856-299-2220.
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