More than one million soldiers will transition out of the military in the next five years. This year, in honor of Veterans Day, Farmers Insurance started a campaign to support transitioning veterans by collecting gently used suits for the men and women of the military.

Farmers Insurance Atlantic Territory States (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Georgia) is hoping to collect 5,000 suits before the end of the year. The suits will be donated to military installations and organizations across these states.

Each local Farmers Agency owner was asked to serve as a collection site. The Eric Fasano Agency, 80 W. Main St., Freehold, participated in this campaign. Owner Eric Fasano, whose father is a U.S. Navy veteran, saw this campaign as an opportunity to give back. The Eric Fasano Agency enlisted local businesses to assist in the drive and collected more than 130 suits.

Advanced PMR and Dr. Daniel Reizis invite families from the Freehold area and beyond to a toy giveaway for the community. The event will begin at their new office at 348 Route 9 north, Manalapan, from 1:30-2 p.m. Dec. 19. Pizza will be donated by Mezza Luna. The giveaway will continue at the Monmouth County Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St., Freehold, from 2-3 p.m. Santa will hand out presents to all children who attend. This family event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the office of Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 732-894- 9200, or the office of Downtown Freehold 732-333-0094.

The Turning Point restaurants’ 10th annual “Eat, Drink and Be Caring” fundraiser, held over one weekend in November, raised more than $23,000 to benefit LADACIN Network, a nonprofit agency that provides services and programs to infants, children and adults with cerebral palsy and other multiple physical and developmental disabilities.

The annual fundraiser was conducted at six Turning Point restaurants – Brick Township, Holmdel, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan and Sea Girt – where guests who donated $20 to LADACIN Network received restaurant gift cards for free entrees at any of the 11 Turning Point locations in New Jersey.

With this year’s donation, Turning Point restaurants now have raised more than $120,000 for LADACIN Network through the “Eat, Drink and Be Caring” events over the last 10 years.

Russell Brokstein, a Freehold chiropractor, will participate in the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors “Baby It’s Cold Outside” annual food and winter coat drive. From now through Jan. 4, nonperishable food items, coats, hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at Hometown Family Wellness Center, 9 Broadway, Freehold. Items will be donated to the Open Door Food Pantry and St. Peter’s Thrift Shop, both in Freehold. Details: 732-780- 0044.

LeTip of Manalapan meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Battleground Country Club, 1 Covenhoven Road, Manalapan. Several positions for local businesses are still open. Details: Jeff Weiss, 732-536- 8800, or Brian Wong, 908-581-6288.

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