The Matawan Police Benevolence Association Local #179 will donate $10,000 in cash as well toys to local charities this holiday season.
Restore the Bayshore, Heroes Helping Heroes, Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund and Hope for Highlands will each recieve $2,500 and the Matawan First Aid and Rescue Squad will receive toys and gifts the PBA collected throughout the year, according to PBA president Andrew Marsala.
Restore the Bayshore was launched by the PBA in the wake of Sandy to provide financial assistance to families and businesses in the Bayshore area when resources like FEMA and personal insurance fall short.
"Heroes Helping Heroes" is a Dec. 8 concert at the Stone Pony organized by the Monmouth County Traffic Officers Association to benefit the first responders affected by the storm.
The Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund and Hope for Highlands are both charitable organizations that benefit their respective Bayshore towns as they work to rebuild.
The PBA will not be doing their annual holiday gift drive, Marsala explained. Instead, they will donate any toys and donations collected throughout the year to the Matawan First Aid and Rescue Squad, who will be collecting holiday gifts to donate to families struggling in the aftermath of Sandy.
"We really wanted to do something to help the people in our own backyard and these charities do that," Marsala said.