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Oct 02, 2017

“Bridges at the Shore” Stays Busy With Upcoming Drives

By Tony Senk

The humanitarian-minded folks who so willingly give their time and energy to the Bridges at the Shore Outreach Program will be working overtime from now through the end of the holiday season – and, as 2017 winds down, they want you to join them as they continue to help those less fortunate in the area.

First up is a children’s coat drive, where area residents are asked to donate new or slightly used coats. “The winter is approaching and Bridges at the Shore needs help for local children in need,” said Bridges coordinator Kathy Logan. “We need infant through size 16-18 and we’d need the donations by Wednesday, October 18 since we’ll be distributing them on Friday, October 20. Many people are cleaning out their closets at this time of the year and might have a coat or two to donate.”

Donations should be brought to the shed marked “Bridges” behind Holmdel Community Church at 40 Main Street (Route 520). For an alternative, folks can call Ms. Logan at (732) 706-9467 or email her at lathy0731@aol.com to schedule a pickup.

Anyone interested in setting up a collection should also reach out to Ms. Logan. “Please consider setting up a collection,” she said. “Any group you may be part of will work, whether they’re a family, a group of friends or neighbors, members of clubs or teams, school groups, or religious organizations. Again, the coats do not have to be new; lightly used is fine.”

Ms. Logan added, “Thanks to everyone’s support of a recent program, we were able to distribute over 350 filled backpacks in August so the kids we see could start the school year ‘like all the other kids.’ Let’s make that happen with coats, toys, and books.”

Bridges at the Shore is also gearing up for their annual holiday distribution of new toys and books. It will take place on Friday, December 15, with donations needed by Wednesday, December 13. Again, drop off the toys and books in the “Bridges” shed at Holmdel Community Church or call Ms. Logan and she’ll pick up the donated items.

Once a month, Bridges at the Shore volunteers take a caravan of cars to Keyport, Red Bank, and Freehold to deliver clothing, blankets, bag lunches, and toiletries to low-income families. The goal of Bridges at the Shore is to help build bridges between people by meeting face-to-face, offering help, and giving encouragement.