Costumes sought for children in need

United Way of Ocean County is encouraging the community to support children in need of Halloween costumes. Each year the Family Health Center distributes costumes to local children so they may enjoy trick-or-treating with their peers. This year United Way wants to make a greater impact in the community and get everyone involved in making a difference.

Halloween costumes are being collected now through Oct. 20 and will be distributed to children in Ocean County.

They may be dropped off at the Family Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; Big Brothers Big Sisters, 85 Williams Street, Lakewood; Dottie’s House, 2141 Route 88 East, Brick; and the United Way office, 1144 Hooper Ave., Toms River.

United Way of Ocean County has raised more than $24 million since its inception in 1976, according to a press release. The current board president is Tom Hourigan, with 37 additional board members from the community supporting him.

United Way is committed to helping solve critical issues in the community and presently has 54 partner agencies who offer programs and services addressing the issues of Ocean County, some of which are emergency food and shelter, overcoming disease and disability, strengthening families and neighborhoods, caring for the elderly, investing in the youth, and helping the working poor.

To learn more about United Way of Ocean County, visit the Internet Web site or call (732) 240-0311.