It's not just a time to help those in need. It's also the last week to make charitable contributions that can be deducted on this year's taxes.
So here are some great local charities that deserve a check:
818 W. Lacey Rd., Forked River
The Lacey Food Bank serves the community with the mission of making sure that no one in Lacey goes to bed hungry.
1 Humane Way, Forked River
A safe haven for animals in need. The organization also includes Popcorn Park Zoo, a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly animals. It was founded in 1906 and is the largest animal sheltering system in the state, as it also owns a shelter in Newark and Tinton Falls.
15 E Lacey Rd., Forked River
The Knights of Columbus was established as a fraternal benefit society with the purpose of financially assisting members and their families. Knights of Columbus aids the sick, disabled and needy.
900 Beach Blvd., Forked River
The Lacey Elks are a part of the Elks nationwide fraternal order. The members of the lodge honor the principals of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. The Elks offer scholarships, youth activities, veterans programs and opportunities for community investments.
431 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor
Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center is a private, non-profit organization that offers space for overnight and day gatherings. Murray Grove is a historic Unitarian Universalist center, and is located at the site where the first Universalist sermon was preached in the America's in 1770.
Lacey Rail-Trail Environmental Committee
Dedicated to watershed improvement, habitat protection, ecological stability and pedestrian safety issues in Ocean County.
126 South Main Street, Forked River
The Lacey Historical Society preserves artifacts and landmarks and increases public awareness on the history of Lacey Township.
10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River
This organization helps support the Lacey Township library.
The Rotary Club of Forked River
PO Box 211, Forked River
The organization provides humanitarian service for the townships of Lacey, Ocean and Barnegat.
2652 Lacey Road, Forked River
An organization dedicated to serving veterans and communities. The VFW ensures that veterans receive their earned entitlements as well as provides college scholarships.
Other Lacey Organizations:
- Local Churches
- Lacey Township Police Benevolent Association Local 238- (609)693-6636
Outside of Lacey: (click on the links for more information on the organizations)
- Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Brick
- Your Grandmothers Cupboard, Toms River
- Twenty One Plus, Toms River
- Hometown Heroes, Toms River
- Ocean of Love, Toms River
- Ocean County Hunger Relief, Toms River
- Oceans Harbor House, Toms River
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, Lakewood
- Jersey Shore Council- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
- NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club
- Clean Ocean Action
- American Littoral Society
- Audubon Society of New Jersey