Long Branch: For the second year in a row the Recreation Department has welcomed Long Branch children to the Bucky James Center for a visit from Santa Claus. The visit featured Santa and each youngster enjoyed a special moment with Ol' Saint Nick receiving a holiday gift.
The occasion was sponsored by LB Recreation with funds raised by a golf outing earlier in the year held by Charley's Ocean Grillin North Long Branch. Additional donations came from area businesses and individuals with a total of $3,500 raised to purchase $5,000 in gifts from Toys R Us during their special promotion sale.
Rec. Director Carl Jennings and youth advocate Sherry Bouldin also enjoyed having their photos taken with the Jolly Old Elf.
Any gifts not given out will be distributed to needy families in time for the big day. “This year the toys are needed even more,” Jennings said.