Jersey Shore BlueClaws is hosting the Claws Food & Toy Drive next week

In the season of giving and hoping, it’s important to remember that giving is better than receiving, and giving hope to those in need is just as important as putting others before yourself.

As you begin or continue with Christmas shopping and gathering groceries for the holiday, take some time to think of others and consider donating a portion of this to help a family and children in need in our community , if you have your means.

The Jersey Shore BlueClaws will host their annual “Christmas with the Claws Food and Toy Drive” to benefit the Ocean County Salvation Army on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at ShoreTown Ballpark.

(Photo: Jersey Shore BlueClaws)

(Photo: Jersey Shore BlueClaws)

“Fans can drop by, donate unwrapped toys and non-perishable groceries, which will eventually make their way to the Salvation Army for use during the holiday season,” Jim McNamara, executive director of BlueClaws Charities, tells Townsquare Media News. “They kind of do their own toy store in December, just before Christmas, where people can come in and choose these toys, so we’re doing our part to be a place for people to drop off.”

If you drop off some food and toys for this ride you can meet Buster and take the kids to Santa Claus and write him a letter to be sent to the North Pole and get hot chocolate at the ‘Clawsome Event and shop at Claws Cove among other things .

(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

“Anyone who donates toys or food will be given ticket vouchers for our opening night which is a few months from now but before you know it will be here on Tuesday 11th April – (one ticket per donor) – – which we’re talking about.” very excited,” said McNamara. “It’s a great, fun event to kick off the holiday season.”

There is no specific toy or list of toys they are looking for, so as you shop, keep in mind what a little boy or teenage girl wants for Christmas this year.

“I would say maybe even some stuff for the older kids (too) like the teenage age group,” McNamara said.

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Toys of all kinds are welcome for the younger boys and girls and even the teenagers so everyone can have at least one toy to open on Christmas morning.

“Really, everything is appreciated and I know us here at the BlueClaws and The Salvation Army is very grateful for that,” McNamara said.

This is another perfect way BlueClaws and BlueClaws Charities are helping families in our communities here on the Jersey Shore.

“It’s almost my responsibility to be that front porch for the community and to do as much good and give back as much as possible with the resources we have, not just to give the fans a great time and a fun experience here offer at a game in the summer but really all year round to contribute to the general well being of the folks here on the shore,” said McNamara.

(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

The Christmas with the Claws Food and Toy Drive will be held again on December 3rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm, but if you do not come on that day, you are welcome to drop off groceries and toys in advance.

“You can come by before that, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays, just come into our front office and we’ll be happy to take anything,” McNamara said. “We’ll make sure we take it to the Salvation Army.”

If you have additional questions beforehand, you can contact Jim McNamara at 732-415-2202 or [email protected]

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