Annual “Share the Joy” Drive A Great Success

The Military Club of Toms River North High School helped all weekend with the donations. (Photo courtesy Frantasy Enterprises)

OCEAN COUNTY – During its recent 100.1 WJRZ “Share the Joy,” live radio broadcast drive hosted by Beasley Media Group, Inc., community members helped fill a 50-foot tractor-trailer at Perlmutter Family ShopRite, Toms River, with donations of food, clothing, and new, unwrapped toys for Ocean County Hunger Relief and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, two local charities.

The drive totaled $1,832 cash and checks; $275 in gift cards; 13 pallets of food; 20 turkeys; 13 pallets of clothing; and 375 toys.

Donations from Keller Williams Realty. Mike Barker, 100.1 WJRZ Traffic; Joe D’Ambro and Robyn Griffith, Keller Williams Realty; Matt Knight, 100.1 WJRZ Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host; and Mike Little, Keller Williams Realty. (Photo courtesy Frantasy Enterprises)

100.1 WJRZ Promotions Director Marie (Senkeleski) Daley said, “The Military Club of Toms River North High School volunteered all weekend, boxing up all the donations and lending a helping hand whenever it was needed.

“We also thank Joe D’Ambro and the entire staff at Keller Williams Realty, who delivered a trailer full of donations to the 100.1 WJRZ “Share the Joy” charity drive.  In addition, Doug Hynoski, a teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Toms River, lent his support by hosting a food drive, collecting over 1,200 food items and 12 cases of food from the school’s Food Trucks, Fire Pits and S’mores Night.”

Sue Sedivic, the executive director of BBBS said, “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County is so grateful for the support of the community and the donations received during ‘100.1 WJRZ Share the Joy.’ The toys we received will be given to our children at our holiday party and to the families so they can put them under the tree for Christmas morning.  There are no words for the happiness that 100.1 WJRZ and the community have brought to our children during this holiday season.”

Teacher Doug Hynowski and Hooper Avenue Elementary School students, Toms River, with the donations they collected. (Photo courtesy Frantasy Enterprises)

Carol Latif of Ocean County Hunger Relief, Toms River, said, “With the help of our dear friends at 100.1 WJRZ, we will be able to assist families who are unable to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving meal for their families. Hunger doesn’t end at Thanksgiving though. The donations that were received will benefit families even after the holidays.”

Matt Knight, program director and afternoon drive host of 100.1 WJRZ, said, “Year after year, 100.1 WJRZ’s listeners come through for local families in need at the holidays during our “Share the Joy” broadcasts, and 2017 was no exception.

“Knowing that the donations benefited their Ocean County neighbors is a driving force behind this food/toy/clothing drive for our listeners, and we’re so proud of everyone for their support and generosity.  100.1 WJRZ’s listeners are dedicated to ensuring that people are able to enjoy the holidays a little bit more than they would have.”

“Share the Joy,” the annual charity collection drive for Ocean County residents, was sponsored by Pepsi, Perlmutter Family ShopRite, Jersey Coast Appliance, AmeriGas, Pine Belt Cadillac, and Pine Belt Nissan, AtlantiCare, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, and Seaview Orthopaedics.

For more information, contact Marie Daley, promotions director of 100.1 WJRZ, at 609-597-1100 Ext. 204 or visit http://wjrz.com/2017/10/27/sharethejoy2017/

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Frances Kirschner is President of the public relations firm Frantasy Enterprises, LLC. She is dedicated to promoting people and businesses by writing press releases. Kirschner is the author of Nosey Notes, a children’s activity book; and created and marketed Certified Feelings, a greeting card company that sold her work nationally for twenty years. Kirschner holds a B.A. in classical Latin and English from Montclair State University, and is a member of Eta Sigma Phi, an honorary classical Latin fraternity. She has two master’s degrees. One is in Human Development from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and the other is in Administration and Supervision from Jersey City State College (New Jersey City University).