RAINE Seeks to Give Gifts to Those in Need This Holiday Season

The Hazlet based charity provides assistance to Bayshore area residents.

Photo courtesy RAINE.
Photo courtesy RAINE.

With just a few days left, Patti Dickens of Reaching All in Need Everyday, is hoping one last push for donations will but RAINE over the top.

The group is collecting toys for 2,600 children age 0 to 18 and plans on delivering many of them Wednesday, with a little help from Santa Claus himself.

“All of the families are in need,” said Dickens. “A very big percentage of them are Sandy victims…We definitely still need toys and we still families coming in.”

Dickens says the RAINE is in need of toys for all ages, but donations for teenagers are often hard to come by.

“The age group we never seem to have enough for is 14 and up,” she said. We need gift cards, or make up or wallets and we really don’t get much of that.”

Based in Hazlet, RAINE serves the Bayshore community by providing food, clothing and assistance during the holidays, and various other necessities for families in crisis. Donations for this year’s toy drive will continue until Tuesday. 

Donations can be brought to the old Shop Rite building, 1030 Route 36, in Hazlet, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Monday and Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday. If you’re in the area, volunteers are also needed to help sort and wrap the gifts, and come Wednesday, the packages will be picked up by Santa Claus and hand delivered to families in the area.

Other donations sites include: 

Ihop of Keyport

Hazlet Township School

Hazlet Township Offices

Hazlet Township Police

Hazlet Recreation

Perkins of Hazlet

Union Beach Boro Hall

Jakeabobs Of Union Beach

Buhler Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram of Hazlet

Tom's Ford in Hazlet

Power Center (Red Bank and Ocean)

Comrise Inc

Mater Dei High School

Mulberry Market

Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck

Weight Watchers Middletown

Red Bank YMCA Swim Team

Holmdel Theatre Company

Park East of Hazlet

Octane Strength and Conditioning

Tischler Realty

St. Benedict’s R.C. Church on Betheney Road


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