Oceanport: On Saturday afternoon the Port Au Peck Fire House was transformed into a magical Christmas Wonderland. Santa and his elves were there for a party of Hope, Healing and Recovery for residents of Oceanport and Monmouth Beach that were displaced because of Superstorm Sandy.
It was a special gathering to celebrate the season and there were gifts for all! Chrissy Ellam worked tirelessly under the direction of OEM Director Buzz Baldanza to make the event happen. Without the help of the many volunteers and donors the party would not have been the success it was.
Chrissy said by putting together the party she was, “Hoping to make a difference”. From the many smiles seen at the Fire House she certainly made a difference in a lot of people’s lives this holiday season. Christmas isn’t a priority when you are trying to put your life back together after being displaced from your home.
A special thank you goes out to the many donors, to name but a few: Carvel of Little Silver, Methodist Church of Andover, Ohio, Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club, Kayde McElroy, Sciarillo, Shorts, Jenkins family, Pauline Poyner, PBA of Oceanport, Church of St. Anselm in Tinton Falls, Kristen Gillette/Kortney Rose Foundation and the list goes on!
Monetary donations can still be made to “Oceanport Cares” Foundation. Or you can drop off a Visa or American Express gift card at the Fire House on Myrtle Avenue in Oceanport.