UNION BEACH, NJ - The call for a Merry Christmas came and OPC Union Beach responded with a team effort from members and one of their key sponsors the Colts Neck Business Association. At the last OPC meeting it was agreed that we would assist those in need with free Christmas Trees and as usual our team took it to the next level. “A tree is great, but what about stands and decorations” said Glen Dalakian an OPC member since the start. Others chimed in and the group’s founder Jim Sfayer stated with determination “We can help bring Christmas cheer to many in the community as they continue the restorations.”
With that the team took action. Jim Butler a Union Beach resident, who lost his home in the storm, began the planning to receive the trees and distribute them to those in need. Calls were made and Ed Brock of Brock Farms in Colts Neck offered to donate fresh cut trees grown in town. Tom Orgo owner of Slope Brook Farms brought in his team and trucks to cut and transport the trees. OPC tapped into the funds they have raised and purchased (at wholesale) 99 tree stands.
But why stop at Trees and stands? The Colts Neck Reformed Church also jumped in by donating dozens of handmade ornaments from their “New Destinies 4 Kidz” annual Christmas Party. The event was held in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. The group included 15 campers and their one-on-one teen counselors, Rev. Scott Brown of the CNRC and Pastor Chris Durkin and Glen J. Dalakian, of the OPC & CNCC. Christmas ornaments were received for the children of Union Beach that were made by the campers during the party. Retired NY Giant Keith Elias and a group of volunteers from the “Building on the Rock Community Church” in Manchester assisted with the activities and program.
The Colts Neck Business Association was also contacted and at their next meeting they put the word out to members to bring ornaments for our Union Beach neighbors. Over 200 Christmas tree decorations were collected and also delivered to Union Beach.
In a few short hours on a cold Saturday morning 75 trees, 99 stands and hundreds of ornaments were picked up by the residents of Union Beach. Kudos for this outstanding team effort that came together almost over-night to meet the needs of so many.
OPC Union Beach has many plans for the New Year as there are still almost 400 families not yet back in their homes. Your support and ideas are welcome as we continue to develop plans and raise funds to fill the gaps left since the storms.
Operation Provide Comfort was formed by concerned citizens of Colts Neck, NJ. It is a totally volunteer organization and 100% all funds raised go directly to the people who need it most. For more information visit our Website www.OPCUnionBeach.org or find us on Facebook. We continue to endeavor to see all of our Union Beach neighbors restored from the damage done by Sandy in 2013. Join us as a volunteer, make a financial contribution or step-up with needed resources. All are welcome to participate in this on-going effort. Donations can also be made payable to CNCC (Memo: Union Beach) and mailed to CNCC 25 Merchants Way Colts Neck, NJ 07722 or call (732) 462-2779.