Seabrook Residents Collect Toys for Tots to Make Holidays Bright for Children

TINTON FALLS, N.J. - Seabrook's residents and staff regularly donate their time, efforts and gifts to a whole host of charities and organizations throughout the year.  The community celebrated its latest effort, collecting toys to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This year's collection yielded approximately 600 toys, which the Marine Corps will distribute to needy children during this holiday season.  The Marine Toys for Tots drive at Seabrook was started by resident June Bayles 12 years ago. Some of the gifts collected, included stuffed animals, games, coloring books, dolls, educational toys, costume jewelry and dress-up clothing.  The toys will go to the Toys for Tots office that serves Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Somerset counties. Seabrook resident Joan Reicherter, who was a Marine Staff Sergeant during the Korean War and served in Washington DC, joined the Marine reserves in 1950.  This is the first year that she joined the Seabrook Toys for Tots collection drive. "For a while I ran the Toys for Tots drive when I was in the service in DC and I loved it," she said.  "I love giving and it is important to help out needy children." "Today's economy is very tough and some families find that they are in difficult situations financially," said Pat Driscoll, a Seabrook resident who serves as president of the community's resident advisory council.  "At this time of the year, the residents enjoy being able to share with the community what they can from the good fortunes that they've been granted." Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said, "Seabrook residents are delighted to assist the Marine Corps in helping them achieve their mission to provide toys for underserved children each year.  Our community receives fulfillment in knowing that these contributions will put smiles on the faces of many this holiday season and we are enormously touched by the kindness displayed by our residents who consistently help those in need." The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December for distribution during the holiday season to needy children throughout local communities.  The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a new toy and a message of hope to needy youngsters during the holiday season.  Anyone wishing to give a gift to the Toys for Tots Foundation, or wants more information about the organization may visit their website at: www.toysfortots.org The Toys for Tots collection is one of several volunteer-based programs that Seabrook is involved in.  In November the community collected approximately 430 turkeys that were distributed to two Monmouth County food pantries. More than 1,400 people live at Seabrook, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle. Erickson Living develops and manages full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.  For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.  Seabrook was also named to the prestigious "Best Place to Work in New Jersey" list by NJBIZ Magazine.