“Season Of Giving” Food Drive Is Front & Center Of Township Holiday Events

report_from_woodbridgeby Mayor John McCormac

‘Tis the season for holiday merriment, the warmth of family gatherings and the celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and festive traditions. While we enjoy the many events and festivities of the season, let’s not forget that there are many less fortunate families throughout Woodbridge Township that need special help each and every day—not just during the holidays.

More than ever before, we are seeking food donations for the Woodbridge Township food pantries and kitchens that provide for the hungry throughout the holiday’s and into the New Year. We have set a goal to collect at least 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food over the next 45 days – food that will be distributed by our local food pantries as they work to ensure that township residents receive much needed supplies. I would like to once again encourage our always generous township residents to donate a can… or two… or three… of non-perishable foods to help neighbors and families experience a healthier and happier holiday.

The annual Barron Arts Center Holiday Concert (free admission) has become the singular event for the ‘Season of Giving’ food drive. This year, the Barron Arts Holiday Concert, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. 539 Barron Avenue in Woodbridge, is presented by the Holiday Brass and Dillon Music. We will also set-up a food collection station at the premiere performance of the Woodbridge Community Choir (conducted by renowned musical director Jon deRevere) on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. “live” from the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge located at 600 Rahway Avenue.

As usual, non-perishable foods for the ‘Season of Giving’ holiday food drive can be dropped off any weekday at the Woodbridge Township Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza; Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street; the Woodbridge Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza; or at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Your help and assistance is always appreciated.

As we move through the holiday season, I would like to remind Woodbridge Township residents, as well as our neighbors and friends, to enjoy the many township-sponsored holiday events and happenings that are scheduled throughout December…

Holiday Train Display At The Barron Arts CenterDec. 1 – 28, Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 732-634-0413 for more information.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Recreation Department-sponsored holiday trip to NYC — Friday, Dec. 1, Bus leaves Community Center at 4 p.m. Call 732-596-4048 for ticket information.

Town Hall Tree Lighting: Barron Arts Center Holiday Tree Lighting & Festival — Friday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Caroling… Santa & Mrs. Claus… Holiday refreshments… Call 732-634-0413 for details

Woodbridge Holiday Parade — Join Santa and his Elves and everyone else on Main

Street — Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Call 732-596-4048 for information.

Picture With Santa — Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Woodbridge Community Center. Call 732-596-4048 for details.

If you’re looking to maximize the holiday shopping experience… or you wish to join in the caroling as you enjoy the seasonal classics… or fondly remember holidays past with the smell roasting chestnuts… or wish to help serve a Christmas dinner to neighbors… it’s always “Happy Holidays” in Woodbridge. For more information on Woodbridge holiday events, log-on to the Woodbridge Township web page at www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us or call the Mayor’s Office at 732-634-4500.

May you and yours have a festive holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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