BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — While yesterday was the final day to drop a donation into a toy drive collection box placed in nearly 80 Belmar and Lake Como businesses, there now is one more opportunity to contribute to the holiday effort.

The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore and the Belmar Police Department, co-sponsors of this year’s toy drive, will set up a “grand finale” collection site today, December 7 at the Belmar Manutti Marina from 4 to 9 p.m.

To be situated on the south end of the Route 35 marina, the event will feature light refreshments, bagpipers and a visit from Santa Claus. Heaters will provide some warmth in preparation for chilly weather.

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Unwrapped gifts for children ranging in age from 2 months to 19 years being accepted include toys, books and games.

This is the first year that the Belmar Police Officers Association is teaming with the Belmar-based Shillelagh organization for its annual toy drive, which will benefit families in need in the community.

Local organizations that will receive 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 The Madonna House, as well as many local families and community outreach efforts. 

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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