The St. Francis Community Center’s annual Gift of Warmth Project is underway, helping to keep local children warm through the cold winter months.
Christmas trees have been erected in the community center lobby and the church foyer, in Brant Beach, as well as other locations throughout the community. The St. Francis Human Concerns Department hangs gift tags on all the trees, and each tag corresponds to a youngster’s wish for an item of necessity, such as clothing, boots or bedding.
Find trees at the following: Beach Haven borough hall, Murphy’s Market and Ocean Medical, all in Beach Haven; the Long Beach Township Police Department; Farias Surf & Sport, The Local Market & Kitchen and Causeway Chiropractic, all in Ship Bottom; Scojo’s in Surf City; Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House and Mud City Crabhouse, in Manahawkin.
According to St. Francis Communications Coordinator Lori Dudek, all trees (or in some cases wreaths) “should be up at this time. Additional locations could be added as we are still receiving some requests.”
Anyone who can afford to give the Gift of Warmth, which serves hundreds of families within the community, is encouraged to stop by one of the sites to select one or more tags from the tree, purchase the items requested and return the new, unwrapped items to the community center by Dec. 7.
Distribution is scheduled for Dec. 12 and 13.
Monetary donations and gift cards are also accepted, and may be mailed to: 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, N.J. 08008, or dropped off at the front desk of the community center.
To sponsor a family, call 609-494-8861, extension 197.