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For one Monmouth County nonprofit, prom season starts this week

You've read and heard stories about "promposals" and other traditions, both new and old, relating to the biggest night of many high schoolers' lives. But for some, simply finding appropriate prom attire presents a financial difficulty for their families.

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NJ lawyers battle hunger by battling each other in food drive

Now through Feb. 26, members of the New Jersey State Bar Association are participating in and donating to an endeavor called Lawyers Feeding New Jersey, with the goal of feeding at least a portion of the Garden State's 1.1 million food-insecure residents, including 400,000 children.

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Somerset County native and his ‘army’ raise awareness of spinal injuries

If you are a regular New Jersey 101.5 listener, you have heard the story of Mikey Nichols, the Monroe hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury in a game and has been rehabilitating ever since. Recently, Mikey's journey inspired one of our listeners to tell us about her brother, who is trying to educate people in New Jersey and beyond about these types of injuries.

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Charitable arm of NJPGA ramps up efforts for ‘Year of Golf’ in 2016

The year 2016 is being hailed as the "Year of Golf" in New Jersey, where the PGA Championship will be played at Baltusrol in Springfield in July. This and other events will help spread the game, and its fundraising efforts, throughout the Garden State.

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Wall Township Christmas Light Show
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Ever-expanding Christmas light show donates $18K to youth sports group

It's been a staple in Wall Township for 10 years: the Christmas Light Show to benefit Lincroft-based nonprofit Challenged Youth Sports. But the event's recent growth is presenting a few obstacles for organizers, who are trying to figure out how to keep both the crowds and the donations rolling in.

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After its toys are stolen, NJ nonprofit doubles down on holiday giving

The mission of Mercer County-based nonprofit Shine and Inspire is "to give back, and to pay it forward," and although they hold events year-round, those involved with the organization have been giving extra this holiday season -- turning a setback into a triumph.

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Just hear Operation Sleighbells jingling, bringing gifts to NJ kids

All parents want their children to be able to open up the presents of their dreams on Christmas morning, but for cash-strapped families in Monmouth and Ocean counties, that may not be feasible from year to year.

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NJ food banks push for end-of-year, holiday donations

One out of every seven Americans relies regularly on food banks. In New Jersey, the ratio is smaller but still significant -- one out of 10. Once again this year, several groups are uniting to drive up the number of donations to Garden State food banks.

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MMA for PTSD? NJ group finds a kick-a** way to help veterans

All too often, American soldiers are returning from deployments to the Middle East with post-traumatic stress disorder, but cannot find adequate help for dealing with this condition. One New Jersey nonprofit is trying an alternative approach to healing, and for many veterans, it seems to be working.

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Woodbridge students RISE in their community through post-high school program

Many times, students with disabilities who are close to completing their secondary education have not been given the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive as adults in the working world. A program run through the Woodbridge Township school district aims to provide local students with exactly those types of resources.

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