cymcaCommunity YMCA Counseling and Social Services team members Danielle Bossert, Christina DeAngelis and Heather Soto with wrapped presents for the Adopt-A-Family Program in 2013.

Press release from The Community YMCA

Needy families in Monmouth County will be able to have an enjoyable holiday, through a pair of seasonal programs coordinated by The Community YMCA —  Adopt-a-Family, and Giving Tree.

Local residents and businesses are invited to join the CYMCA’s Shrewsbury team in making the holidays brighter, by donating toys, books, clothes and other gifts for area families. The families are served through the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, which provides support services and counseling to children and families who are victims of abuse, neglect, in the foster care system or have special needs.


To support the Y’s annual holiday giving program, community members may “adopt” a family or child and help provide gifts from their “wish lists.”  Anyone who would like to participate in the Adopt-a-Family program will be able to choose a child or family. Unwrapped gift donations are welcomed now until December 16, 2014.

Giving Tree

Local businesses are invited to display a “giving tree” and encourage their employees to participate by selecting an ornament with a child’s gift wish, and returning the gift by December 13, 2014.

All donated gifts are personally delivered and tax deductible.

The Y serves over 20,000 families in Monmouth County, about 3,000 of whom receive financial assistance for Y programs and services.  Last year, over 300 children and their families received holiday gifts through these programs.

For more information on how you can donate or set up a “giving tree,” please call (732)544-4544, ext. 522.