Religions and Spirituality

East Brunswick Church Wraps Up Generosity for Christmas

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Members of the Lighthouse Youth Council and their gnomely friends celebrate a Christmas of giving. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Pastor Dave and members of the Youth Council share a few laughs. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Pastor Dave, Mayor Brad, and Councilman Sterley celebrate the generosity of the Lighthouse congregation. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Pastor Dave accepts a check from Gary Reinhart, Vice President of NJ Motorway Operations for HMS Host. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Cool girls at the cool kids table at the holiday event. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Tables were filled with local seniors and families in an effort to support the community and lift up those who need it. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Santa came just a little bit early to some seniors, families, and kids at the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church on Hardenburgh Lane tonight as the congregation celebrated its third annual Christmas dinner.  This time, though, Santa didn't come down the chimney, he came to enjoy the party, too.  He also brought a big check.

Santa this year came in the form of Gary Reinhart of HMS Host, the company that oversees operations of restaurants on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, and which not only provided a good deal of the food service for the event, but also donated to the charitable outreach of the faith community, supporting needy families in East Brunswick, North Brunswick, and South River. 

The $10,000 donation allowed LCF to support 17 East Brunswick families, offering them food baskets, toys, gifts, and some essentials during this holiday season.  Several families were suggested to the church by the East Brunswick Department of parks and Recreation's "Adopt a Family" program.

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Collections were organized by members of the the church's youth program who also worked at the event.

HMS Host is also working with the local East Brunswick business Popcorn for the People, supporting that company's efforts to move their product into New Jersey roadway locations.  Reinhart also expressed interest in employing disabled adults who have been trained by the nonprofit company that offers real work experiences to adults with autism.

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