Law Enforcement Teams Up with Local Business to Spread Holiday Joy to Needy Children

Ocean County and Monmouth County law enforcement officials gathered on Tuesday at Steals & Deals in Toms River to gather holiday gifts that will be distributed to needy children across the county.

Sponsored by Amerigroup and arranged by the National Chaplains Association, an organization that collaborates tirelessly around the country with communities and law enforcement agencies, the toy drive brought together officials and members of Ocean County Department of Corrections PBA 258, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the Ocean County Commissioners, and local police departments, all of whom had one mission: spreading holiday cheer in the communities they cherish.

“A toy drive is always helpful for children in need, but at this time of year it is crucial and will do so much to help children enjoy the holidays as they should be able to,” said Amerigroup NJ President Dr. Patrick Fox.

Steals & Deals proprietors Dave Rothenberg and Nechemia Figa said they were honored to be a part of the toy drive for the second consecutive year.

“There is so much to love about Ocean County and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to bring our dedicated law enforcement officers closer to our communities,” Mr. Rothenberg said.

“The opportunity to spread love and joy this holiday season was one which we didn’t want to pass up,” added Mr. Figa.

Law enforcement officers and officials attending the toy drive at Steals & Deals exhibited childlike exuberance as they loaded their vehicles with thousands of dollars’ worth of toys and gifts for underprivileged children.

The event also served to increase fraternity and collaboration between law enforcement agencies across Ocean and Monmouth counties, allowing officers to spend some light-hearted time together – which they are unable to do at crime scenes and amid investigations.

“The vital role of the Department of Corrections in ensuring community safety often goes unnoticed. It’s immensely valuable and appreciated when our officers have the chance to engage directly with the community, particularly in such a joyful and positive manner,” said Rebecca Roth, State Delegate of the Ocean County Department of Corrections PBA 258.

Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy shared his enthusiasm: “Participating in this event is incredibly fulfilling. It’s uplifting to witness the community uniting to support those in need. This toy drive wonderfully mirrors the bond our officers share with the community.”

“The holiday season is about ensuring every child experiences the magic and joy it brings. Our involvement in this toy drive is a reflection of our commitment to spread this joy,” remarked Anthony U. Carrington, Chief of Detectives at the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Chaplain Yaakov Wenger, co-founder of the National Chaplains Association, commented, “This toy drive does more than just bring joy to children and families; it highlights the commendable efforts of our uniformed personnel. Today’s collaboration between law enforcement and the community paves the way for a more united and brighter future.”

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