By The Coaster
Brookdale Community College students and employees rallied together in support of local families this holiday season, collecting and donating 500 gifts and more than $2,000 as part of the college’s 24th annual Giving Tree program.
The initiative, organized by Brookdale’s Employee Volunteer Connection (EVC) and held from Nov. 13 to Nov. 30, allowed students, employees and college departments to sponsor individual children and local families who were unlikely to have gifts to open during the holidays.
Participants purchased and wrapped gifts matching the ages and interests of specific local children and delivered them through a variety of local nonprofit organizations.
This year’s program supported children and families served by the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey, Family and Children’s Service of Monmouth County, St. Joseph’s Church in Keyport and Brookdale’s Displaced Homemaker Program. Additional support was provided to the college’s new Helping Hands initiative and the Brookdale Foundation.