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Driving Force Behind Charitable Efforts of Belmar Thrift Shop Earns N.J. Governor’s Jefferson Award

Margaret More, who received the 2017 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for Faith-Based Services for her work at Selective Seconds in Belmar, is honored by the borough and Monmouth County. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Award recipient Margaret More, representing Vincent's Legacy furniture ministry at St. Rose Church in Belmar, attends the N.J. State Governor's Jefferson Awards ceremony, held at the Newark Museum. Credits: Abigail Haley

BELMAR, NJ — Since Selective Seconds opened in 2011, the thrift shop operated by the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Rose Church has served thousands of individuals in need in many ways.

With all its proceeds benefiting the underserved in the community, the recently established Vincent’s Legacy furniture ministry has donated furniture and other household necessities to some 250 families throughout the area, and has provided financial support to those needing help paying rent or utilities or for grocery shopping, fueling their cars and even for doctors’ visits.

The driving force behind this success story is Margaret More, director of Selective Seconds who also spearheaded the creation of the broader-based Vincent Legacy ministry. The Neptune City resident recently was lauded for her volunteer and charitable efforts when she received the 2017 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for Faith-Based Services. More was among 19 individuals and three organizations in the state honored on June 19 with Jefferson Awards, a joint program of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Star-Ledger and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism.

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During the awards ceremony held at the Newark Museum, More was among a diverse group of winners “all unified by a thread of devotion to positive change.”

The statewide event preceded the 45th Annual National Ceremony of the all-encompassing Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation's most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service.

Most recently, More’s achievement drew additional accolades during the Belmar Council’s July 11 meeting when she received proclamations of recognition from Mayor Matthew Doherty and Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone, who presented her with a certificate declaring that date  “Margaret More Day.”

While More  acknowledged Joseph Williams, diocesan president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, for nominating her for the Jefferson award, she also credited her husband, family and a corps of 100 volunteers for making the recognition possible. “If you don’t have that kind of support, you don’t move forward,” she said. “I am blessed to have my volunteers, who have become my friends. And I thank them for always saying, ‘Yes.’ ”


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