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OceanFirst Bank Funds 10,000 Boxes of Love, Challenges Businesses to Join the Cookie Cause’ 

NEPTUNE, NJ (May 14, 2020) – Imagine you are one of the families served by Fulfill, and in your box of groceries you also find a delicious box of 'Americana love' - Girl Scout Cookies!  OceanFirst Bank made it possible for thousands of Fulfill recipients to have a sweet surprise, guaranteed to bring thousands of smiles. Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore delivered 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies on Thursday, May 14th, to Fulfill, a food bank that supports families and individuals in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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The donated cookies were made possible by OceanFirst Bank's contribution to the Girl Scout Cookie Relief Fund. The fund was created soon after the COVID-19 pandemic began, to bring a cookie break to front-line workers, first responders and those in need of comfort during the health crisis. 

Including the delivery to Fulfill, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have shared more than 80,000 boxes of cookies with essential workers, first responders and nonprofits throughout central New Jersey. 

The Girl Scout Cookies delivered this week to Fulfill are slated to be added to Crisis Relief Boxes prepared and distributed by Fulfill to local families in need.  

OceanFirst is inviting businesses to join their “Box of Love Challenge” and to pass the challenge on to five other businesses or colleagues to bring comfort to the community. Several businesses have accepted the Boxes of Love challenge including: Encon, Ocean Township; Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork, Lakewood; Cg, Toms River; New Jersey Natural Gas, Wall; Stillwell-Hansen, Edison; and Dr. Stephen Chagares, Shrewsbury. Members of Deal Golf and Country Club.

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO Eileen Higgins thanked OceanFirst for the generous donation and for leading the charge for additional support from the business community.  “Donations to the Cookie Relief Fund help bring smiles and comfort to dedicated essential workers, volunteers and community members,” Higgins said. “The support also enables Girl Scouts to participate in leadership programs.”

Higgins added, "Girl Scout troops were in the midst of their annual cookie program when the health crisis hit, halting community cookie booths and in-person sales. The Cookie Relief Fund makes it possible for Girl Scouts to give back to the community during a challenging time and at the same time draw down their inventory of cookies." 

Anyone interested in supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Relief Fund can visit, GSFun.org/CookieRelief. Cookies are also available for individual purchase online and can be shipped or delivered without contact by visiting GSFun.org/VirtualCookieBooth.