LONG BRANCH, NJ – Shore Regional High School student Kyle Evans believes every child deserves a holiday, which is why he is determined to collect more than 800 new toys to donate to Family & Children Service’s Operation Sleighbells this holiday season, despite the fact that his own family is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Oceanport teen Kyle Evans with some of the more than 800 toys he hopes to collect for FCS’s Operation Sleighbells
Last year, Kyle donated more than 400 new toys to Operation Sleighbells, sometimes taking his bicycle through his Oceanport neighborhood to collect the donated items. This year, however, Kyle’s neighborhood looks very different. Many of his neighbors’ homes were severely damaged or destroyed during
“He told me it makes his heart feel good to do this,” Kyle’s mother Susan says, “So we just did what we could.”
Before the storm, Klye had already distributed flyers, set up a Facebook page, put a collection box on his front porch and began receiving donations. When
“We are inspired by Kyle and the hundreds of others like him who put the needs of others before their own, especially during the holiday season,” says FCS President & CEO Vincent D’Elia. “Their efforts help us carry out this important holiday tradition year after year.”
Operation Sleighbells is
Individuals or organizations who want to help with this year’s drive can do one of several things: launch a collection drive, sponsor a family, donate gifts or gift cards or volunteer. For more information on how to give, visit the FCS website at www.fcsmonmouth.org or contact the agency at 732-222-9111.