Focus on the Good
A virtual place to visit that highlights the positive stories in our community during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Lincroft Fire Company and the Ladies Auxiliary held a very successful Baby Items & Adult Toiletries Drive-Thru Drop Off on Saturday, May 23. Thank you to all who donated!
Despite the heavy rain on Saturday, May 23, Port Monmouth Fire Company collected three loads of canned and non-perishable food items, as well as countless monetary donations, to support Middletown Helps Its Own. A big thank you to the community for supporting their Food Drive!
8-year-old Sophia Collett Sews for a Cause
Sophia Collett, a 2nd grade student at Nut Swamp Elementary School, has been juggling virtual learning with a side-job of sewing face masks for multiple causes in our community!
The 8-year-old learned to sew by taking classes and with her mom Jennifer’s guidance. The idea of sewing masks to donate to first responders became a reality when Sophia’s swim coach texted her parents about face mask sewing kits that were being provided by JOANN Fabrics that coincided with a philanthropy project that her teacher had assigned. Her mom posted about her project on social media to see if anyone needed masks and received a huge response. Once the family realized the need, Sophia decided to ask for $5 per mask and the money earned would be donated to first responders. She was able to raise funds to send dinner to the Labor & Delivery Department at Monmouth Medical Center, two days of meals to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, and lunch to the Middletown Township Police Department. Sophia then decided that she wanted to donate money to the Middletown Township all-volunteer Fire Department in memory of her mom’s uncle who was a firefighter who died in the line of duty. "Honestly, this was the hardest we saw her work," said parents Jennifer and Christopher Collett. "She wanted to donate as much as she could in honor of ’bear,’ said her proud mom.
Sophia raised $1000 for the MTFD and continues to work with SOS Matters, a non-profit organization that helps people during crisis situations, to deliver masks to organizations that need them. In her spare time, she also made "hero" headbands that were donated to local hospitals. We extend our sincere appreciation for this amazing young woman’s efforts!
Thanks to the community’s generosity, Lincroft Fire Company collected three truck loads of nonperishable food as well as cash donations for the Salvation Army and Lunch Break at their Drive-Thru Food Drive on Saturday, May 9!
Middletown Township would like to thank the Hampel Family & Friends for raising money to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for our frontline heroes in memory of Port Monmouth firefighter Robert Weber who fell victim to COVID-19 last month. Through their generosity, the following items were purchased:
- 100 Isolation gowns
- 50 Face shields
- 100 pairs Nitrile gloves
- 25 Coveralls
We are fortunate to have such giving members in our community.
Host: Middletown School Nurses and Middletown Helps Its Own
- When: Ongoing
- Where: There is a trailer located at the Middletown Townshp Police Department, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown
- What: During these challenging times, please support our local families in need. Monetary donations can be sent via the Venmo app to @Middletown-Helpsitsown or you can mail a donation to Middletown Helps Its Own, 66 Main Street, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758. If you would prefer to drop off food, please leave non-perishable goods in the trailer at the Police Department.
Host: Backpack Crew
- When: EVERY Monday from 5:30-7:30pm
- Where: Backpack Crew Food Pantry, United Methodist Church, 247 Broad Street, Red Bank
- What: If you are a family in need, please visit the Backpack Crew Food Pantry for pantry items as well as fresh produce and meat (when available). Pre-packaged grocery bags will be available for curbside pickup. Social distancing will be enforced. One family member per pickup please.
Middletown’s Virtual Game of Catch!
Recreation Director Janet Dellett challenged Middletown residents young and "seasoned" to a virtual game of catch and you all knocked it out of the park! Over 100 households sent in videos with a total of 160 clips. The ball (or roll of toilet paper in some cases!) zigzagged across Middletown over 250 miles! Thank you to all who participated.
Middletown School Nurses Team Up with Health Department
(Click the picture watch a video about all our school nurses have been doing in our community.)
The Middletown Township Public School’s certified school nurses are working with the Middletown Township Health Department to assist in COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing of positive residents. The collaborative effort between and the Township was spearheaded by Middletown High School North Nurse Eileen Gavin and Middletown Health Department Director Rich DeBenedetto.
The Middletown School Nurses are dedicated and trained professionals who are also offering case management resources for issues that many people face, such as food insecurities, financial challenges and mental health referrals.
For additional resources and information from the MTPS nursing staff, please visit the new Virtual Health Office by clicking HERE.
Middletown PBA Thanks Face Mask-Making Team
The members of Middletown Township PBA Local 124 gave Kathy Straniero (who happens to be Middletown Social Services Director) and her team, daughter Laura Straniero and sister Margie Yager, a huge thank you for taking the time to make and donate over 100 Thin Blue Line face masks.
Mayor Tony Perry Hosts Zoom Meeting With Girl Scouts to Plan Cookie Delivery to Frontline Hospital Workers
Mayor Tony Perry recently hosted a Zoom chat with Girl Scout Troop #1382. The Scouts are 5th graders from Nut Swamp Elementary School. The agenda for the Zoom meeting was to discuss arrangements to pick up and deliver the troop’s four cases of delicious Girl Scout cookies to the healthcare workers at Bayshore Medical Center, in Holmdel. Mayor Perry discussed with the Girl Scouts how much the cookies will be a ’great pick me up’ for all of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers on the frontline who will enjoy them!