For the past four years, Kyle Evans has been collecting toys for Operation Sleighbells, helping to grant the holiday wishes of hundreds of area children. When he first started, the Oceanport teen used his bike to distribute flyers and collect toys throughout the neighborhood. (He was too young to drive.) Kyle had such a good experience, he sponsored another collection drive the following year, even after his family’s home was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy. He continued collecting toys through a very busy senior year in high school and into college. But this year, Kyle’s collection took on a new meaning.
Tricia is a walking miracle. After an accident in her early 20’s left her in a coma, doctors told her family to say their goodbyes, but Tricia had other ideas. She awoke to learn to talk, walk and live again. Tricia still has trouble remembering things, which is why she receives help from Representative Payee. Now we take care of Tricia’s rent and other important bills, so she can take care of herself.
With the holidays fast approaching, we’re asking for your help in granting the holiday wishes of area children whose families are struggling financially and might not otherwise afford a holiday. The agency is seeking donations of toys, books and clothes, as well as volunteers to help with its annual holiday giving drive, Operation Sleighbells, which this year expects to assist more than 500 area families.
An overflow crowd of more than 250 friends, family & supporters filled the ballroom of the Navesink Country Club on Saturday, October 25th to celebrate our 105th Anniversary and recognize three very special honorees; Brookdale Community College, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund and former FCS Board member and Little Silver resident Nina Riccio.
The all-important fall Medicare Open Enrollment period gets underway on October 15th, but seniors don’t have to wait until then to receive answers to their Medicare questions. We offer free, impartial, confidential counseling to Monmouth County residents, regardless of income, through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Get the details on our blog.
County SHIP Coordinator Samantha White spoke recently with Comcast Newsmakers about the program, available to new and existing Medicare beneficiaries.
Some of the area’s premier Duplicate bridge players joined more than 100 of their colleagues at the annual Navarumsunk Auxiliary Benefit Bridge Luncheon, Wednesday, September 17th at the Rumson Country Club. The event, featuring both Duplicate and Party Bridge, raised nearly $5,000 for agency programs and services including homelessness prevention and childhood literacy.
Are you looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Do you enjoy working with other people? The FCS Thrift Boutique is seeking dynamic, friendly, and dedicated volunteers for its Long Branch store. Learn more
The public is cordially invited to Family & Children’s Service’s 2014 fundraising Gala, Blue Danube, Saturday, October 25th at the beautiful Navesink Country Club honoring Brookdale Community College, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund and former FCS Board member Nina Riccio. Join us for a celebratory night of dinner and dancing as we mark 105-years of service to the community. Contact Diane Gribbin for tickets and sponsorship information.