Shore Charity Spreads Holiday Cheer to Sandy Victims [AUDIO]
For the second consecutive year, Jersey Shore Gift Givers are providing holiday presents to families displaced by the Superstorm.
The group launched in the wake of Sandy by a trio of Toms River natives, Robin Sharkey Beaudry, Gina Crevier, and Lisa Vergona.
In a short period of time last year, word spread rapidly about the charity initiative. They donated gifts to over 100 kids from 35 families in Ocean County.
"Every kid that we had received all the gifts they had asked for," Sharkey Beaudry said. "And then the families, we were able to give them gift cards."
While the demand and need has waned more than a year into the storm recovery, she pointed out that many families are still picking up the pieces from Sandy.
"There are still people out there who are struggling, having a hard time," she said. "We didn't want to just leave them. We wanted to still help those that were still in need."
This year, Jersey Shore Gift Givers will help about 10 families.
"We actually had some of the kids just asking for new clothes, socks," she said.
The presents will be dropped off to the parents, who will make the gift-giving determination.
"They'll be a nice, little delivery on the steps for whoever we ring the doorbell to, and Santa will have delivered it for them," Sharkey Beaudry said.
"I just think it's so important. You have to give back to the community that gave you so much."
Find out more about this great charity and how you can help by visiting the Jersey Shore Gift Givers Facebook page.
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The 14th Annual Ernie White Band and Friends Christmas Benefit Concert
For the past 13 years, Trenton's legendary guitar rocker, Ernie White and his band, have spearheaded a Christmas concert with the help of local musicians. To date, the concerts have raised over $100,000 for local charities including Mercer Street Friends, Trenton Head Start and The Boys and Girls Club of Trenton.
This year's concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Princeton Manor in Hamilton. Tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. For more information, visit www.erniewhite.com.
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation
The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is hoping to deliver more than 140,000 Christmas trees to service members and their families around the world through the Trees for Troops program.
Recently, more than 50 U.S. Coast Guard service members at Training Center Cape May received donated Christmas trees from the program. Training Center Cape May has been participating in Trees for Troops since 2009.
For more information, go to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation website.