Hazlet students played a major role in the packaging up of Thanksgiving items for local deliveries Tuesday, Nov. 26. RAINE Foundation President Anthony Petruzzi directed the volunteers. Use the arrows to flip through a slideshow of the event.
All photos by Patrick Olivero
HAZLET – Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night to package and hand deliver 285 Thanksgiving food donation baskets for neighbors in the Bayshore community. Youth sports teams, scouts, students and local volunteers worked efficiently at the annual event, organized by the RAINE Foundation of Hazlet, and finished the job in about three hours. Much of the food was donated by Hazlet families and collected through food drives at the schools. (See photos.)
RAINE Foundation volunteers will take a break before launching into their biggest event of the year, the collection, wrapping and delivery of thousands of presents for children of the Bayshore and beyond, set to run Dec. 11-18. According to RAINE co-founder Matt Dickens, it’s going to be an especially great holiday season.
“I can tell you we have a record number of people who want to adopt a family,” he said on Monday night. “I’m down to 150 that have not been claimed, out of 3,000.”
When asked why he thought so many had stepped forward, Dickens said, “I guess giving feels good. Right?”
To contribute to the RAINE Foundation holiday gift drive, call (732) 865-3555