PHOTO: ND4K's youth program made Christmas ornaments
UNION BEACH, NJ - More than two years later and the needs still abound! “This year many have reached out to us asking what they can do for our neighbors in Union Beach” said Glen Dalakian one of the first members of Operation Provide Comfort Union Beach. “We received calls from residents as well as organizations like the Colts Neck Business Association, CN Women’s Club, CN PBA, the CN Reformed Church and others.” He continued. The call for a Merry Christmas came and OPC Union Beach responded with a team effort from members and their key sponsors.
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. “Trees were delivered by Tommy Orgo along with ornaments from the CNBA and an anonymous donor purchased stands”, stated OPC’s founder Jim Sfayer. Gateway Church of Union Beach, along with Geri Ryan were also instrumental (once again) in coordinating the effort and distributing the gifts throughout their town.
The CN Women’s club has also been a continued supporter of Union Beach often working in concert with OPC. “The Colts Neck Women's Club collected over 100 toys for distribution to children in Union Beach” said Diana Perkowski one of the first members of OPC Union Beach.
Once again ND4K's youth program took the time to make Christmas ornaments for the kids in Union Beach. A festive party in December was held at the CN Reformed Church and was a great success. Dozens of decorations were presented to OPC. ND4K's provides opportunities for growth and the development of leadership skills in a structured, safe and fun-filled environment for children of incarcerated parents. Sandra Anderson and Michelle Perkinson founded ND4K and are currently co-Presidents, this prison ministry program is a recognized 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Colts Neck Business Association was contacted and at their December Christmas breakfast meeting they collected ornaments for families from Union Beach. Hundreds of Christmas tree decorations were collected and also delivered. 50 trees, stands and hundreds of ornaments were dropped off to or picked up by the residents of Union Beach. Kudos to all for this outstanding team effort that came together, with support from various segments of the community.
Operation Provide Comfort Union Beach has ambitious plans for the New Year as there are still almost 400 families not yet back in their homes. The OPC Union Beach mandate was to be a long-term sponsor to the residents impacted by the storm 2+ years ago and they continue to do so. Your support and ideas are welcome as we formulate 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 2012. 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.