2003-12-04 / Front Page

Support sought for sheriff’s toy drive

The annual Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Food and Toy Drive provided a better holiday for almost 900 children in the county last year.

This year, according to a press release, Sheriff William L. Polhemus expects the number of requests to be even higher.

"We are appealing to all Ocean County residents to give a hand this year," he said. "A toy, some non-perishable food items, goes a long way in the lives of those people who are in need this holiday season."

The sheriff’s department, with the support of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, has conducted the food and toy drive in the county for more than a decade.

"This has become a very popular program but it’s only as successful as the number of people who help by donating," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. "Many groups, organizations and individuals come forward each year to help out and I along with my colleagues on the board really appreciate their help. I also want to thank the county staff for its generosity in assisting this drive."

Food and toy drive bins can be found at the following locations: Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, 1st Floor Lobby, Toms River; 1027 Hooper Avenue, Building 2, First Floor, Toms River, Ocean County Clerk.

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