BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Police Department is going big to bring smiles to little faces this holiday season. Jumbo collection boxes covered in colorful holiday gift wrap have been placed in 76 businesses throughout the borough, where donations of children's gifts can be placed.

The department has teamed with the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore for the Belmar-based organization’s annual toy drive, which will benefit families in need in the community.

Local organizations that will receive the donations include Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 180 Turning Lives Around, Belmar Department of Social Services, Our Lady of Providence House and Madonna House, as well as many local families and other community outreach efforts. 

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Unwrapped gifts for children ranging in age from 2 months to 19 years being accepted include toys, books and games. They can be placed in the collection boxes through Friday, December 6 or can be dropped off at the Belmar Municipal Building at 601 Main Street or the Belmar Police Department, located on the Sixth Avenue side of the building. Donations can also be brought to the Shillelagh clubhouse at 815 16th Avenue, Belmar.

For more information, call the police department at 732-681-3700, where Police Officer Peter Speakman can be reached at ext. 197 and Police Officer Philip Bohrman at ext. 198.

For details on special “wish list” items, call the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh at 732-681-9019.

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