Angel Trees Reach Out to Needy for the Holidays

By Eric Englund | Nov 15, 2019

Barnegat — The Barnegat-Waretown Chamber of Commerce is helping needy children through “angel trees” located inside numerous participating businesses. Instead of ornaments, the trees are decorated with gift card requests for underprivileged youngsters, which could say, for instance,  “girl, age 4,” or “boy, age 6.”

Participating businesses in Barnegat include Sweet Jenny’s and East Bay Grille on East Bay Avenue, Marchioni’s Pizza and Pasta and Fulton Bank on West Bay Avenue, and the Garden Market, Delights Artisan Café and Lefty’s Restaurant on Route 9. In Waretown, angel trees will be located at the ShopRite and the Lighthouse Tavern on Route 9.

Bill Clanton Jr. said the trees will be up after Thanksgiving weekend.

“I’m very pleased that we have more participating businesses this year,” he said.

Clanton said anyone can stop in and pick up an ornament that lists the age and gender of the child, buy a gift and then return it unwrapped to the tree. The deadline for return is Dec. 23.

“Programs like this show the true compassion of our community for those in need. Every child deserves to have something under the tree.” he said.

In Barnegat, the toys are donated to the Barnegat Food Pantry; in Waretown, they are collected by the Municipal Alliance. These organizations will arrange delivery of the items to the many families in Barnegat and Waretown that need support.

For more information, call the pantry at 609-698-7174. —E.E.

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