Barnegat Rotary ‘Elves’ Shopping For Needy

By Eric Englund | Nov 13, 2019

Barnegat — The Rotary International club of Barnegat is requesting monetary donations to be used for its annual Elf Program for helping needy children in the community. Working in partnership with the Barnegat High School Interact Team, the program’s aim is to supply needy families with unwrapped gifts for their children at Christmas.

The Elf Program was one of the first local initiatives formed by the organization, chartered in 2010. Bill Ridgway, founding president, said the Interact Team members will go on a shopping trip at the Manahawkin Target on Thursday, Dec. 12.

“We know that times are still tough for many people in town, so any amount will be appreciated and will be used to make a Barnegat child’s Christmas a special one,” he said.

The gifts are given to underprivileged students from all township public schools. The families are referred to the Interact team through school personnel.

“Last year, we bought gifts for 80 children,” said Ridgway. “We like to do what we can to help the needy. In partnership with the Waretown ShopRite, we're going to buy 40 complete Thanksgiving meals and donate them to the Barnegat food pantry.”

Checks should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Barnegat and mailed to the club’s New Jersey Charitable Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 474, Barnegat, N.J. 08005.

For more information, call Frank Ernest, community service chairman, at 609-290-0669. —E.E.

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