Seabrook Residents Put Sandwiches Together for the Hungry in Monmouth County

One Year Old Program at Seabrook Continues to Assist Bridges at the Shore in Meeting Its Mission to Help Those in Need

TINTON FALLS, NJ - In their continuing effort to help feed some of Monmouth County's hungry, some residents of the Seabrook active adult retirement community made more than 125 sandwiches for the organization Bridges at the Shore, which will distribute them to the needy.  This is the second year this campaign has taken place. Approximately one dozen resident volunteers gathered in the kitchen of the Princeton Restaurant at Seabrook to assemble the turkey and cheese sandwiches before placing them in paper bags, along with apples, bags of chips, bottles of water and a very special form of encouragement. Residents included hand-written notes which were placed in each bag aimed at encouraging each recipient. Seabrook resident Bev Hausker, who helped develop the program at Seabrook, said, "I became involved when I realized that there are a lot of people who needed a supper and went without one.  This is a program that receives no help from the government and is simply people helping people.  It is just to help someone get over a hump and give them the basic necessities." "Here at Seabrook we have time and most feel we want to help other people," said resident Bobbie Ostar.  "Cooperating with the Bridges at the Shore project enables us to make contributions toward helping others who need help in this area." Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said, "This project is a great example of the wonderful volunteer spirit at Seabrook.  The area that we live in has a strong heart for the needy, including the hungry, and I think that our residents are passionate about helping wherever and whenever they can. This event helps a very worthwhile organization fulfill a need that assists those in the county who are struggling." "It is during the holidays that people usually tend to think about those in need a little bit more who are hungry, but our residents and staff pride themselves on helping the community throughout the year, and gain tremendous satisfaction from an effort like this thoughtful food assembly project," said Seabrook Dining Services Director Chris Stewart. The sandwich making project is only one of many volunteer efforts that residents take part in.  Last year, resident volunteers worked thousands of hours spending time doing a tremendous amount of work for a variety of groups, including the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties, the Tinton Falls Library, Monmouth Medical Center, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, Monmouth Museum, Mahala F. Atchison School in Tinton Falls, ARC of Monmouth, Interfaith Neighbors, The Bradley Food Pantry, Visiting Nurse Association, Red Cross, United Way and the New Jersey Special Olympics. The Bridges at the Shore program provides direct help to needy people living in Monmouth County.   Once a month a group of volunteers take a caravan of cars to local towns in Monmouth County to distribute clothing, blankets, bag suppers, toiletries and conversation to those in need.  Its aim is to build bridges between people by meeting face to face, offering help and giving encouragement.  It is a personal effort to do something immediate to assist those in the greatest need.  To learn more about Bridges at the Shore, you can go to their website at: http://www.bridgesattheshore.org/ 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 16 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.  For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.