The holiday season has arrived and a tradition of helping others is ready to start again with the annual "Toys to Share Joy," drive.
As in past years the event is designed to allow residents of all ages to take part and benefit people in need. "Howell's Little Elves," are children, at least 10-years-old or older who will be asked to distribute information to local residents about how they can help give presents to those who might not be able to afford them.
A press release for the event said the work of the volunteers can be invaluable at this time of year. "With the challenges of our local and national economy, the list of those in need grows and is just the reason we are starting the holiday collection now," the release said. "Thousands of gifts are needed to ensure a special holiday season for those we are reaching out to help."
Those interested in taking part are asked to email the organizers or call 732-682-4257 to order your fliers for distribution. They will be distributed starting this weekend asking for contributions of new, unwrapped toys that can be given to area children. The fliers can be picked up at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care located at 4645 Route 9.
Once the fliers have been distributed the gifts can be collected simply by leaving them on your porch or in front of your house. All gifts must be dropped off at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center by 4 p.m. on Friday Dec. 7.
More information about the program can also be found on this website.